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Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle

About Volkswagen Beetle

Cars don't get much more iconic than the VW Beetle. Volkswagen's cheery 2-door coupe and convertible have been capturing hearts for over six decades, and in that time VW has sold over 21 million cars. While the size of the Beetle has grown and its technology and safety features are as modern as any other car, its essence remains. The 2017 VW Beetle carries that torch as an efficient, affordable and fun hatchback or ragtop with timeless style. Small enough to excel in city dwellings, the 2017 Beetle is more substantial than other retro-revivalists like the Mini Cooper and Fiat 500. If the standard Beetle isn't niche enough, new variants include the beefier Beetle Dune or #PinkBeetle -- whose hashtagged name implies everything you need to know.

LATEST MODEL
2017 Volkswagen Beetle
What's new for 2017?
2017 Volkswagen Beetle

A year after the higher-riding Baja Bug-inspired Beetle Dune coupe debuted, a convertible version arrives for 2017. The limited-edition #PinkBeetle, meanwhile, is a rolling statement of pizazz. Across the 2017 Beetle lineup, only automatic transmissions are now offered.

  • Expert Rating: 7.4
  • Consumers Rating: 8.1
  • MPG 24|33
2016 Volkswagen Beetle
What's new for 2016?
2016 Volkswagen Beetle

The 2016 VW Beetle gets a simplified trim lineup, including a new value-added 1.8T S. Automatic Post Collision braking is made standard, while all but the base S trim gain VW Car-Net App-Connect.

2015 Volkswagen Beetle
What's new for 2015?
2015 Volkswagen Beetle

After a new turbocharged gasoline engine arrived last year, a revamped diesel comes for 2015 with more power and even better efficiency. A limited-edition Beetle Classic with a tempting starting price of just over $21,000 also joins the lineup.

2014 Volkswagen Beetle
What's new for 2014?
2014 Volkswagen Beetle

A new 1.8-liter turbo is set to replace the 2.5-liter engine midway through the 2014 product cycle. Also new is an independent rear suspension, a limited-edition GSR trim, VW CarNet and a rearview camera on top-line trims (late availability). For 2014 the Turbo models are renamed R-Line.

2013 Volkswagen Beetle
What's new for 2013?
2013 Volkswagen Beetle

Diesel power comes to the Beetle for 2013. Available in hardtop and convertible models, Volkswagen’s 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine posts some impressive numbers: 236 lb-ft of torque and 28/41 city/highway mpg. Also, the Beetle Fender Edition, a special trim package presented in cooperation with the iconic electric-guitar maker, is currently available through dealer order.

2012 Volkswagen Beetle
What's new for 2012?
2012 Volkswagen Beetle

The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is as all-new as a car can be.

Consumer Reviews

It's everything I dreamed it would be!

By on Sunday, August 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "gas milage, fun to drive, great standard features"

Cons: "you can't drive more than one at a time"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've waited 20 years to own this car, and i can say it's lived up to all i've dreamt it would be. The sleek design is a real head turner and i'm always getting compliments on my beetle. Everything from the body shape to the rims are so fitting to this design. I bought my 2012 beetle in April of 2016 and so far so good :). This car offers simplistic layout to high end controls. Including, steering wheel controls, cruise control, push button start, touch screen radio/mp3 player, 2 12v power sources, built in aux, two storage compartments on the dash (glove boxes), panoramic sun roof, mute-color option light details on the interior, excellent sound, and keyless entry. I love the ability to just walk up to my car and open it without having to dig out my keys from my purse, especially in the rain. While it appears small on the outside, once you sit in the beetle it's actually quite roomy! My 6'2'' husband fits comfortably in the front, while my 4' 8'' 8 year old fits with extra space in the backseat. I've had a couple of adults in the backseat and they've commented on how much room it has. As for trunk space, it's on the smaller size, but I can haul a hefty amount of groceries or other items in the back without issue. I have a manual, so I'm not sure about any transmission concerns for the automatic versions, but I have had zero issues with mine. I learned to drive a manual in this car, and I can say it was the easiest experience i've had. It is smooth, easy to engage, and shifts like a dream. It's very responsive and handles like a dream. Now that I have my dream car, i'm not sure i'll ever go to anything else. VW really reinvented a classic into a modern dream, and I couldn't be happier."

21 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Waited all my life for this car..We Love it!!

By on Monday, October 28, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "design, interior space, fit and trim, handeling"

Cons: "no center arm rest, seats not easy to adjust"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"When I was a kid growing up in the 70's, my parents owned a 69 Bug. Growing up in Chicago meant in the winter, we still needed to wear coats, gloves, hats and scarfs inside the Bug, because the heaters were....well pretty much useless. Later in life in the mid 80's I spent the summer with my mom in San Diego. Seemed like there was an endless supply of VW's in southern California. I found one at a dealership ('71) that i fell in love with. I wasnt able to buy that car, but I'll never forget drooling over that simple candy apple red Beetle. So, now that I am in my 40's, overweight and no where near the physical shape i was in back then, my wife and I, and 16 year old daughter fell in love with the 2012-2013 newly designed Beetle. Problem was that at nearly 6' tall and 300 pounds, I figured I'd never fit in the car, even though the bug and I share similar shape ( Lol ). So yesterday my wife and i set out to replace one of our vehicles. I suggested that she go ahead and take a test drive with our salesman, to avoid the embarassment of not being able to fit in the car. After they both insisted that I come along, I got into the passenger seat, and I stepped back in time 30 years. I immediately smiled from ear to ear. This was a 2013 black 2.5 automatic. I was so glad that they insisted that I get in it. I fit just fine. Now, for my rating and opinion. I have owned more than 40 cars in my life time. I drove tractor-trailers for years and was a police officer for more than a decade. My opinion may not be "professional" but definitely "well experienced". This car reminded us both very much like thr handling and responsiveness of a 3 series BMW. Both the steering and acceleration is amazing. We now live in rural Arkansas with lots of hills, mountains and curvy roads. This beetle is so fun to drive. The stereo is adequate, fantastic heat and AC. (ha ha) but besides the performance and awesome new look ( lowered roof line ) the interior is suprisingly spacious as compared to Bugs I was used to. Very quiet ride too. There are a couple areas that will take some getting used to though. 1.) lack if center arm rest 2.) adjusting seats between drivers takes a while Other than that we love it, and will start looking for another. I didnt care for the cab forward ash design of the "NEW BEETLE" I LOVE THIS DASH THOUGH. !!!"

37 people out of 41 found this review helpful

Amazing

By on Saturday, May 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Its a Beetle!"

Cons: "If it came in AWD it would be my only car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"A creative little car with character like no other. Drives great, fuel is remarkable, pick up...very good. Put the top down and within seconds your bad day at work goes bye bye. Apple Car Play is great, you do not need Nav is you have this. Every house hold should have one!"

9 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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