2018 Volkswagen Beetle Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Deep Sea Teal Metallic
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MSRP
$18,192 - $26,331
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MPG (up to)
26 City / 34 HWY
Horsepower
174
Seats
4

How 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Ranks In Its Class

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.6 Overall Score
Performance 3.7Comfort 3.5Styling 3.7Value 3.5

What's New

For 2018, every new Volkswagen Beetle gets a larger and more powerful 174-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that also improves the VW’s fuel economy. Also new is the Coast trim level, which gets a surfboard-inspired wood-look dash pad, and a longer warranty that covers every new Volkswagen for six years or 72,000 miles. The Beetle R-Line has been discontinued.

Volkswagen Beetle Models & Trims

chevronDown icon S $18,192 - $22,255
Horsepower: 174 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 X 6.5, 17 X 7 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Coast $18,641 - $22,914
Horsepower: 174 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon SE $18,618 - $22,843
Horsepower: 174 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7, 18 X 7 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Dune $21,504 - $26,331
Horsepower: 174 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

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VW convertible sporty and cute combined!

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My VW convertible turbo performs like a sports car. It is fast, light and looks sporty. I haven't had any problems with it at all. It is super comfortable and roomier than it looks. When I have the top down it feels even roomier. I have taken a 450 mile road trip with 3 adults and a 9 year old recently, and we were surprisingly comfortable. My favorite features are the rear backup camera, heated seats, Bluetooth, and the convertible top. I love my car because the interior is gorgeous. I constantly receive several compliments while driving around. Most people ask if I have a special edition or is it a sport model. It is flashy without being pretentious. Best of all the price and the warranty combined made my VW a great value.

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Compact and modern. Best car out there.

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Sometimes the radio goes blank and it is good for only two people. The interior is a fake leather that looks like its real without worrying about wear and tear. Because of the shape of the trunk it is hard to fit thing in it. I love the look of the car. Easy to park. Keyless start is amazing. Seat warmers are the best. All black interior is a plus too.

Jade S
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It's a new beetle, characteristic of the old version with modern tech.

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It's the new beetle, not the one my parents drove back in the 1970, its fun to drive and fully loaded. It's a perfect city car, easy to park and get around the traffic in las Vegas. And it is a good road car also. Excellent ac, power and comfort. And decent gas mileage.

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$18,192 - $22,255
$18,641 - $22,914

Horsepower

Horsepower
174 (hp)
174 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L TSI 174 HP DOHC 16V Turbo 4
2.0L TSI 174 HP DOHC 16V Turbo 4
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Not Available
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Standard

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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Standard

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Standard
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Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
Optional
Optional
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Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Standard
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Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Standard
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Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Standard
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Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Standard
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Power Windows

Power Windows
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Standard
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Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.3 (in.)
41.3 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.4 (in.)
39.4 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
31.4 (in.)
31.4 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.1 (in.)
37.1 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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Optional
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Standard

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Optional
Optional
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AUX Input

AUX Input
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Standard
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CD Player

CD Player
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Standard
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Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
4
4

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Optional
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Not Available

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
Optional
Optional
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Not Available

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional
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Standard

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Standard
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Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Optional
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
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Standard
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Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P215/55HR17
P215/55HR17

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
100.1 (in.)
100.1 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.4 (ft.)
35.4 (ft.)

Length

Length
168.8 (in.)
168.8 (in.)

Width

Width
71.9 (in.)
71.9 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3020 (.lbs)
3020 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
174 (hp)
174 (hp)

Torque

Torque
184 (ft. lbs.)
184 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
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4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Standard
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Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional
Optional
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
14.5 (gal.)
14.5 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
30 (mpg)
30 (mpg)

City

City
26 (mpg)
26 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
33 (mpg)
33 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Standard
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Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Optional
Optional
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Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Standard
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Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control
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Standard
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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Standard
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Standard

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Standard
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Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
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Not Available
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Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
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Not Available
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Standard

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Standard
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Standard
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Standard
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Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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Roof Strength
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Driver-side Overlap Front
M
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Good
A
Acceptable
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Marginal
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Poor

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) *
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control *
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Blind Spot Monitor Blind Spot Sensor
  • and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Park Pilot Front And Rear Parking Sensors

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (1)

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Service Brakes, Hydraulic > Foundation Components > Disc > Caliper May 31, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
May 31, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V369000
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, Passat, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf SportWagen and GTI and Audi Q5 and SQ5 vehicles. The brake caliper pistons on these vehicles may have insufficient coating, potentially reducing the brake performance.
Consequence:
A reduction of braking performance can increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Volkswagen and Audi will notify their owners. Audi dealers will bleed the rear brakes. Volkswagen dealers will bleed the front and rear brake calipers. Note: Owners are advised not to drive their vehicles until the brake system has been checked. The recall began June 29, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298 and Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's numbers for this recall are 47N8, 47N9, and 47N6.

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