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Volkswagen Beetle

2018
Volkswagen Beetle 2018 2-door hatchback Trim Shown: 2018 S 2-door hatchback FWD Automatic
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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 It has been replaced by a 2.0-liter turbo engine for 2018. 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. Recent updates include available blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warnings.
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2014-2017
2014 Redesign Year
Volkswagen Beetle 2017 Trim Shown: 2017 #PinkBeetle
The Beetle is roomier than the previous-generation car and drives decently, but VW skipped on a few details. While the ride is compliant, it's a bit unsettled. Handling is responsive but not sporty, and can get sloppy in demanding conditions. The five-cylinder engine delivered enough thrust but sounded gruff and unrefined. We got a less-than-stellar 26 mpg overall with the five-speed manual. A new 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder has replaced the 2.5-liter engine. Wind noise is excessive, rear visibility is limited, and the long clutch-pedal travel and wide center console compromise the driving position. A convertible is also available.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 N/A N/A
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2016 $13,225 - $20,150 $10,275 - $16,875
2015 $11,375 - $18,250 $8,575 - $15,025
2014 $9,850 - $16,775 $7,110 - $13,560
2012-2013
2012 Redesign Year
Volkswagen Beetle 2013 Trim Shown: 2013 Coupe
The New Beetle is a modern hatchback based on the Golf and styled like the VW Bug of yore. Like its ancestor, a convertible model is also available. We found the ride composed and handling fairly nimble, but the clownlike high roofline and forward windshield make it hard to block the sun. The rear is cramped, though the seats fold for increased cargo space. Various engines have been available, including an anemic base four-cylinder that was replaced by a gruff and thirsty five; plus a couple of turbocharged four-cylinders and an efficient four-cylinder turbodiesel. The Beetle was redesigned for 2012, with a more normal driving position, but less nimble suspension.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2013 $8,950 - $16,275 $6,190 - $12,990
2012 $7,325 - $9,050 $4,630 - $6,230
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