Exterior styling is ofcourse a matter of personal preferrence, but i like it a lot. It still has unmistakingly the basic shapes of the old beetle, but it isnow molded into a modern and sporty shape. From whichever angle you look at it, its just perfect.
I have the caramel interior with the sporty seats and the black carbon fibre style instrument inlay. It all looks nice and is of a very good build quality. It is a bit disappointing that they onlyused hard plastic materials for the dash instead of some soft materials. But the caramel seats, dash and carpets look very nice, you only have to take care of the carpets, which become dirty with ease.
The 2.0 TSI does perform very well with a nice exhaust tone when pressing the pedal a bit more. The 2.0 is coupled to the DSG on mine and i do like this combination a lot. In D the DSG shifts very quick at low rpmīs and this is ofcourse good for the fuel economy. Manual shifting with the butterfly switches at the steering wheel is fun to do, but i keep it mostly in D. Put it in S and the beetle goes away as a rocket. The sound the exhaust then makes is so nice to hear, especially when it shifts. This makes it sometimes difficult to drive away slowly.................
I have the Beetle for just one month, so canīt say too much yet, but after 500 Km mostly highway driving (from whicharound 100 Km on mountanous roads), it was showing an average of 13.1 Km/ltr. Not bad at all. When i drive into the city, it averages more or less 8.0 Km/ltr. Iīm not a racer, but also not a slow driver.
The steering of the Beetle is electrically boosted. It feels very well and direct and is a lot of fun on winding roads. I have the front and rear parks assist sensors on it, which makes it a lot easier to park. It is maybe a matter of getting used to, but the frontis not easy to see where it ends, due to the round shape of the hood.