The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle proves that style and character go a long way in one of the toughest segments. Its rich history, style and vintage flair help keep it around, as competitors have better fuel economy, interior space and cargo capacity. Still, few consumers cross-shop the Beetle against anything else.
The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle is a compact car that seats as many as four. The Beetle is available in five trims: S, S with Style and Comfort, SE, Coast and Dune. Power comes from a turbocharged engine matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard.
There are a variety of changes for 2018. A new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder motor replaces a 1.8-liter unit. The R-Line engine is no longer offered. The Classic and SEL trims are no more, and the Coast model is new.
Few cars have the same iconic and recognizable look as the Beetle. The compact vehicle has a relatively simple design with a round front end, a round roof and a round rear end. Round headlights and taillights ensure that circular shape continues. Large fenders, a coupe-like roof and short overhangs give the Beetle a wide, hunkered down look. The car has had a singular design since its inception. The 2018 model slightly alters that blueprint without going overboard.
Standard exterior features include sport-design front and rear bumpers, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and a rear spoiler. Optional exterior features include nickname badges, 20-inch Monterey wheels, splash guards and 16-inch Corvara winter wheels.
For the most part, the Beetle’s interior matches its exterior with characterful features that give the vehicle a laid-back feel. The interior is laid out nicely, and road noise isn’t too intrusive. Other competitors, though, utilize nicer materials. Interior space in the Beetle is a little tight, as well. While two passengers shouldn’t have a problem enjoying the compact’s vehicles comfortable cabin, four passengers might find it a little tight.
While the Beetle’s hatchback design makes it appear like it can hold a lot of cargo, the vehicle loses out to the competition when it comes to cargo capacity. The vehicle is rated to hold 15.4 cubic feet of cargo. Folding the front seats forward nearly doubles that to 29.9 cubic feet.
Standard interior features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, six-way manual front seats, a leather-wrapped shift knob and a telescopic steering column. Some optional features for the interior include pedal caps, an alarm kit and a flower vase.
The Beetle is a comfortable vehicle that’s happy cruising down the highway or going on a quick errand run. Its comfortable suspension setup easily soaks up bumps, while the turbocharged engine produces enough power to hurl it down the road in style. Handling is focused more on comfort than athleticism. Still, the Beetle manages to be a fun vehicle to drive at any speed.
The entire Beetle lineup features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder engine that’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine generates 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The engine sends power to the front wheels.
Fuel economy figures for the Beetle come in at 26/33 mpg city/highway, a bit low for its class.
Standard technology features include Bluetooth, a rearview camera system, a USB port and a 5-inch touch screen. Moving up to a higher trim brings keyless access with push-button start, Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect, a 6.3-inch touch screen and a Fender premium audio system.
There aren’t a lot of standard high-tech safety features. The most notable is an intelligent crash response
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User Reviews for 2018 Volkswagen Beetle
by VegasKp on July 21, 2019
Love the Coast!
"I love this car! It’s fun to drive and gets great gas mileage! Now that Volkswagen has stopped making the Beetle, people keep asking me if I will sell it. Nope! Love the color and the features. Sunroof- check! Turbo- check! Great sound system - check! This one’s a keeper! "
The coast edition has light wood-like features on the console and cloth seats. It has a beach-like feel to it.
Teal green that looks so pretty in the sun! And the sunroof is so fun!!!! Love the vintage looking hubcaps too! Oh, and the rear spoiler is a nice touch.
Fast! 2.0 engine and turbo. This is not the same Beetle I had years ago in college! Super quiet and a smooth ride.
It hold more than you think. There’s enough room in the back seat for two people to sit comfortably.
Great gas mileage and one oil change a year. Doesn’t get much better than that.
"Easily my favorite car I've ever had. Lots of zip, fun to drive, comfortable interior with all the bells and whistles I've ever wanted. Handles really well with great maneuverability and acceleration on the freeway. It's very comfortable with more headspace than you'd expect for such a small car. "
The doors are oddly heavy but it is a sharp, sporty car.
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2018 Volkswagen Beetle Pricing
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The price range for the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle is $14,290 - $21,675.
The average selling price is $17,441.
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$20,220 - $32,090
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$14,290 - $21,675
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