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2018 Volkswagen Beetle

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Pros

  • Fun retro personality and style
  • Plenty of power with decent fuel economy
  • Easier to live with than the other retro hatchback, the Mini Cooper

Cons

  • Not as practical as "regular" hatchbacks
  • Pricier than some rivals
  • Limited technology features

Mileage (EPA estimate)

26 city, 33 highway, 29 combined

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The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle blends modern sensibilities with retro charm

Vehicles are often emotional purchases for a lot of shoppers. Not only do they want something practical and affordable, but many also seek something that matches their personality. If you're looking for a vehicle that conveys a cheerful spirit with an excess of nostalgia, you can't do much better than the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle.

The 2018 Beetle is part of its third generation that was last redesigned in 2012. This year brings the discontinuation of the 1.8-liter and more powerful R-Line engines. They're replaced by a new 2.0-liter turbo that makes the same power as last year's 1.8-liter engine but gets better estimated fuel economy. A new Coast trim also debuts as does a new Style & Comfort package option.

There's a lot to like about the retro-themed VW Beetle as well as its Mini Cooper rival, but there is a price to pay for that style. Both are more expensive and less practical than conventional hatchbacks such as the Volkswagen Golf and Mazda3.

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What is new for the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle?

  • The Beetle is available in a new trim called the Coast.
  • The Classic, Pink Beetle, R-Line, and SEL trims have been discontinued for 2018.
  • Beetle trims have been upgraded with Overhead Airbags as standard equipment this year.
  • The Dune trim now comes with Sunroof(s), Smart Key, and Fender Audio as standard equipment.
  • The SE trim now comes with Sunroof(s), Blind Spot Monitor, Android Auto, Satellite Radio Ready, and Apple CarPlay as standard equipment.

2018 Volkswagen Beetle trims

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5 reasons to buy the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle

What We Like:

Retro charm: Few vehicles are as recognizable from a distance as Volkswagen's Beetle, no matter which decade it was made. In its storied history, the Beetle has appealed to a wide swath of drivers, from those seeking affordable compact transportation to those looking for something different to go along with their counterculture vibe. The 2018 VW Beetle captures all of that personality with its familiar silhouette and body-colored interior trim, as well as its broad appeal.

Plenty of power: Even though we lost the more powerful R-Line engine this year, the reworked 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder should be more than adequate for most drivers. It makes the same 174 horsepower as last year, but it has been tweaked to be more fuel-efficient. It's more powerful than the VW Golf and base two-door Mini Cooper Hardtop and almost as potent as the Mini Cooper S and Mazda3.

Fewer penalties for retro personality: One of the biggest draws for the Beetle is its retro charm, but it's not the only hatchback with this aesthetic. The two-door Mini Cooper Hardtop is just as playful, but it comes up short when comparing rear passenger space and cargo capacity. The VW Beetle delivers more of both, making it easier to live with.

What Needs Improvement

Trades some substance for style: While the Volkswagen Beetle holds a practicality advantage over its Mini rivals, neither can challenge more conventional hatchbacks. Rear passengers will be much more comfortable in the comparably spacious Mazda3 or VW Golf, and you'll also be able to stuff way more cargo in those trunks than the Beetle.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.3 out of 5

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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

S 2WD 2D Convertible

Standard Features

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

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

2.0L

Horsepower

174

Torque (ft-lbs)

184

Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity

14.5

Wheelbase

100"

Overall length

168.8"

Width

71.9"

Height

58"

Leg room

F 41.3"/R 31.4"

Head room

F 39.3"/R 37.6"

Front tires

P215/60TR16

Rear tires

P215/60TR16

Seating capacity

4

Transmission

Automatic

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