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Volkswagen Beetle Reviews from Consumer Reports

Volkswagen Beetle Reviews

The Volkswagen Beetle is a 2-door hatchback, convertible offered in a 1.8T Fleet Auto, 1.8T S Auto, 1.8T SE Auto, R-Line 2.0T SEL DSG, 1.8T Dune Auto, 1.8T S Auto, 1.8T SE Auto, 1.8T SEL Auto, 1.8T Classic Auto, #PinkBeetle Auto, 1.8T Dune Auto, 1.8T SEL Auto, 1.8T Classic Auto and #PinkBeetle Auto. The powertrains include 1.8-liter 4 turbo (170 hp) engines, and 5-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, 6-speed manual and 6-speed sequential transmissions. It is Front wheel drive. EPA-rated fuel economy ranges from NA mpg city to NA mpg highway. The Beetle uses Regular fuel.

Competing models include Fiat 500, Mini Cooper and Hyundai Veloster.

Last Model Reviewed: 2014

Reviewed Volkswagen Beetles from Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports has placed the following models through over 50 tests at our test track:

  • 2014 Volkswagen Beetle hatchback 1.8T 4-cyl
  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L 5-cyl MT

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