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2017 Volkswagen Beetle review

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Volkswagen Beetle highlights

Customer rating

Pros

  • Unique retro exterior design with a stylish interior
  • Both engine options offer balanced performance
  • More practical than some other design-led small cars

Cons

  • Still not quite as practical as a conventional hatchback
  • Brakes can be slow to respond

Mileage (EPA estimate)

23 city, 29 highway, 26 combined

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What is new for the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle?

  • The Beetle is available in a variety of new trims, including the Pink Beetle and R-Line.
  • The Denim, R-Line S, R-Line SE, R-Line SEL, and Wolfsburg Edition trims have been discontinued for 2017.
  • Beetle trims have been upgraded with 20 Inch Plus Wheels, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto as standard equipment this year.
  • The Dune trim now comes with Leatherette Seats and Soft Top as standard equipment.
  • The SEL trim now comes with Parking Sensors as standard equipment.
  • The Classic trim now comes with Leatherette Seats, Rear View Camera, and Soft Top as standard equipment.
  • The S trim now comes with Rear View Camera as standard equipment.

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5 reasons to buy the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle

1. Iconic design with a retro feel

The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle has a distinct and eye-catching design that sets it apart from other cars on the road. Its retro-inspired aesthetic combined with modern touches give it a unique charm that appeals to those looking for something different and stylish. As with other Beetle models, the 2017 Beetle pays homage to its vintage predecessors, combining the nostalgia of the classic car with contemporary elements like a sleek grille and distinctive headlights.

2. Get the best of city and suburban driving

No need to keep your Beetle confined to congested urban environments. The versatility of the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle extends beyond city limits, as its well-balanced nature and comfortable ride make it equally capable on the highway. Its responsive handling and smooth suspension allow for confident navigation while also providing a stable and composed experience when cruising at higher speeds.

3. Comfortable interior

Despite its compact exterior, the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle offers a surprisingly spacious and comfortable interior. The clever design maximizes the available space, providing ample headroom and legroom for both the driver and passengers. Upfront, you'll get 41.3 inches of legroom with a reasonable 31.4 inches in the back. The seats in the Beetle are designed to provide support over long journeys, ensuring you and your riders remain at ease during extended periods. Driving solo? Fold down the seats and maximize your cabin space to transport medium-sized items like luggage, boxes, or plants in a total of 29.9 cu-ft of space. When all the seats are up, you'll get 15.4 cu-ft of space in the trunk, which is plenty for the weekly shop or a trip to the beach.

4. Seamless power

The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle is easy to maneuver through traffic, such as busy downtown districts or narrow residential streets. Choose between a turbocharged 1.8L four-cylinder engine, delivering 170 hp, or go for the high-performance, sport upgrade via the Beetle R-Line, which boasts a turbocharged 2.0L, four-cylinder engine and provides 210 hp. Either way, the Beetle's smaller size and nimble handling can provide a more relaxed driving experience, whether you're cruising at higher speeds or embarking on a weekend getaway.

5. Go for the convertible

Looking for an open-air driving experience? The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle offers a convertible option, allowing for an easy and quick transition between open- and closed-roof driving. That means you can bask in the warm sun and feel the wind through your hair while cruising along scenic routes or commuting through the city. The best part is operating the convertible top is simple, with a user-friendly mechanism controlled by a switch in the center console. The roof then folds neatly into the rear area of the car, but this does mean cargo space is reduced slightly compared to the standard version, dropping to 7.1 cu-ft in the trunk — though that's still sufficient storage space for everyday items, groceries, or luggage.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Volkswagen Beetle an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Volkswagen Beetle 19th out of 46 among Compact Cars.

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Volkswagen Beetle features and specs

Pink Beetle 2WD 2D Convertible

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Navigation System
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Soft Top
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Cloth Seats
  • Satellite Radio Ready

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

1.8L

Horsepower

170

Torque (ft-lbs)

184

Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity

14.5

Wheelbase

100"

Overall length

168.4"

Width

71.2"

Height

58"

Leg room

F 41.3"/R 31.4"

Head room

F 39.3"/R 37.6"

Front tires

P235/45HR18

Rear tires

P235/45HR18

Seating capacity

4

Transmission

Automatic

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