Looking for an economical hatch with flair? We compare diesel versions of the Volkswagen Beetle and Audi A1 to see which does it better
Bold architecture is capable of making everyday buildings look amazing.
Equally, unique design can turn a diesel hatchback into something more than bland transport. In this test, we put two distinctive three-door hatches head-to-head. Both have recently been matched to the VW Group’s tried-and-tested 2.0-litre TDI engine for the first time, and both have eye-catching styling.
But in other ways, they couldn’t be any more different. The Volkswagen Beetle is now into the second generation of its modern rebirth and looks unashamedly retro, while the smaller Audi A1 is a much more modern style statement that trades on its desirable premium badge.
So, if you’re after an economical, well built and stylish three-door hatchback that offers something a bit different, which is the better choice? And is there more to these cars than just stand-out design? Time to find out...