Volkswagen Beetle

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2019
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2019 Volkswagen Beetle Ratings & Reliability
The Beetle coupe and convertible have a roomy-enough interior and decent driving experience. Though the ride is compliant, it's a bit unsettled, moving around frequently. Handling is responsive but not sporty and gets sloppy when pushed to its limits, despite the electronic stability control. The 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that we tested provided strong, effortless acceleration. It has been replaced by a 2.0-liter turbo engine. Wind noise is excessive, however, and rear visibility is severely hampered. Versions with the manual transmission have an awkward driving position because of the long clutch-pedal travel and wide center console. Blind spot warning and rear cross traffic warning are standard for 2019, which is also the Beetle's final year.
2012-2018
2012 Redesign Year
Volkswagen Beetle 2018
The 2012 redesigned Beetle has fewer compromises and a roomier cabin. It drives decently but suffers from cost-cutting measures. While the ride is compliant, it's a bit unsettled. Handling is responsive but not sporty, and it becomes sloppy in demanding conditions. The standard five-cylinder engine is punchy but sounds gruff and unrefined. We got a less-than-stellar 26 mpg overall with the five-speed manual transmission. Turbocharged gas and diesel 2.0-liter engines are also available. Rear visibility is limited and the long clutch pedal travel and wide center console compromise the driving position.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $16,425 - $21,925 $13,350 - $19,650
2017 $13,775 - $20,325 $10,880 - $18,130
2016 $11,650 - $20,575 $8,825 - $18,325
2015 $10,425 - $16,625 $7,620 - $13,470
2014 $8,400 - $13,575 $5,665 - $10,515
2013 $7,500 - $11,500 $4,780 - $8,530
2012 $6,475 - $7,975 $3,805 - $5,205
1998-2010
Volkswagen Beetle 2010
The New Beetle is a modern hatchback that bears a nostalgic family resemblance to the VW "Bug." In our tests, we found the car's ride to be good and its handling nimble. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder accelerates adequately but was noisy. A more economical diesel is also offered. The front seats are firm and supportive. The rear is cramped, though the seats fold for increased cargo space. The New Beetle has performed notably well in front crash tests but poorly in side tests. A quicker turbocharged model was added for 1999 and a convertible joined the line for 2003. A five-cylinder engine replaced the four-cylinder for 2006, and the turbocharged engine was dropped in 2007.
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2010 NA NA
2009 NA NA
2008 NA NA
2007 NA NA
2006 NA NA
2005 NA NA
2004 NA NA
2003 NA NA
2002 NA NA
2001 NA NA
2000 NA NA