2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback

City mpg:
26
Highway mpg:
33

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback Overview

The standard features of the Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T S include 2.0L I-4 174hp intercooled turbo engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 16" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2018 Volkswagen
Beetle Hatchback

Starting at: $20,220

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 8
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 5.0"
  • Basic warranty - 72 months/72,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 72 months/72,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 84 months/100,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 4
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest - w/storage
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Leather shift knob
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 2.0 L
  • Engine horsepower - 174hp @ 5,000RPM
  • Engine torque - 184 lb.-ft. @ 1,500RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 82.5mm x 92.8mm (3.25" x 3.65")
  • Compression ratio - 11.65 to 1
  • Payload - 345kg (761lbs)
  • GVWR - 1,800kg (3,968lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,288mm (168.8")
  • Exterior body width - 1,826mm (71.9")
  • Exterior height - 1,488mm (58.6")
  • Wheelbase - 2,543mm (100.1")
  • Turning radius - 5.4m (17.7')
  • Front legroom - 1,049mm (41.3")
  • Rear legroom - 798mm (31.4")
  • Front headroom - 1,001mm (39.4")
  • Rear headroom - 942mm (37.1")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,405mm (55.3")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,245mm (49.0")
  • Passenger volume - 2,410L (85.1 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 436 L (15 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 847 L (30 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Bodyside moldings
  • Engine liters - 2.0
  • Compressor - intercooled turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 174hp @ 5,000RPM
  • Torque - 184 lb.-ft. @ 1,500RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - Tiptronic
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 29mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 14.5gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 26mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 33mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 215/60TR16.0
  • Rear tires - 215/60TR16.0
  • Wheel size - 16"
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
2.0T S 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 2.0T S Search New $20,220   174-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  26 / 33  
2.0T Coast 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 2.0T Coast Search New $23,120   174-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  26 / 33  
2.0T SE 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 2.0T SE Search New $24,020   174-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  26 / 33  
2.0T Dune 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 2.0T Dune Search New $26,790   174-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  26 / 34  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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In any form, the Beetle looks, and is, ready for fun. Enthusiasts may not be thrilled by its performance; but otherwise, Volkswagen’s iconic model is a pleasantly competent small car.

Though larger in displacement than its 1.8-liter predecessor, the 2018 engine produces only 4 more horsepower (now rated at 174 hp). We have not yet driven a 2.0-liter model, but it’s closely related to its predecessor, retaining the same engine block. Therefore, the 2018 version should perform and behave just about identically. Specifications suggest just one notable difference: when pushing the gas pedal, power should arrive at slightly lower engine speed.

Volkswagen’s 6-speed automatic transmission promises smooth shifts, though it won’t perform like the dual-clutch automatic that accompanied the now-defunct R-Line engine.

Ride comfort is smooth and compliant. Because the Beetle’s suspension is unchanged, it should again feel somewhat soft-riding. Even so, body roll isn’t excessive when a coupe is cornering.

Any model can be fun to drive, though devoid of sporty responses. Feedback to the driver is somewhat lacking, from both the steering and braking systems.

As expected, convertibles are slightly heavier than coupes, but overall feel should differ little. Dune models are a tad taller-riding, but provide no off-road, four-wheeling capability.

Both the coupe and the convertible are EPA-rated at 26/33 mpg City/Highway, or 29 mpg Combined. Dune versions are slightly more efficient, EPA-rated at 26/34 mpg City/Highway, or 29 mpg Combined.

Walk Around

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Immediately recognizable by nearly everyone, including youngsters, the Beetle relies largely on its iconic profile to keep attracting buyers. Even after two decades in its current form, with few dramatic modifications during that entire period, Volkswagen’s truly idiosyncratic model continues to attract notice.

Beetle sheetmetal is actually rather plain, unmarred by bodily creases or nonessential detail work. Lowering the roofline on the current generation was thought to give Beetles a somewhat less feminine demeanor. Not only is the roof sleeker than the one on earlier models, the overall profile isn’t quite as circular in shape. Even so, all the familiar hallmarks remain, including rounded fenders and headlights.

Inspired by the old Baja Bug, Dune models feature taller ride height, as well as unique body-color choices. Front/rear fascias are distinctive, as are pronounced black wheel arch extensions. Except for newly optional Teal color, the new Coast model doesn’t look or behave appreciably different from its mates.

Interior Overview

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Though the aging, straightforward retro-look layout is still appealing, it’s diminished by subpar materials. Lengthy stretches of lackluster black plastic, which appear thin, are particularly uninviting. In contrast, Beetles benefit from good infotainment systems.

Front-seat occupants enjoy abundant legroom, with wide seat cushions that promise long-haul comfort. Hardly anyone will be comfortable in the snug back seat, which offers only 31.4 inches of leg space, and feels even smaller.

Convertibles are a bit better, especially in head space, but legroom remains cramped even for passengers of shorter stature.

Cargo volume in hatchbacks totals 15.4 cubic feet, expanding to 29.9 cubic feet with seatbacks folded. That’s relatively spacious for a car in this class. In-cabin storage includes several cubbies and a dashboard bin.

Outward visibility is generally good, but the rear view in convertible may be obscured when the fabric top is down.

Summary

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In addition to endearing qualities and inevitable cuteness, Beetles come with impressive standard equipment at each level. Performance may fall short, but Beetles promise relatively strong value in the small-car class. Buyers get still-distinctive style, comparative fuel-efficiency, a potential for driving fun – plus one of the best warranties around.

Driving impressions by Aaron Cole, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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Beetle S ($20,220) includes standard cloth seating surfaces, 8-speaker audio, 5.0-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, 16-inch alloy wheels, and a rearview camera. A ($1,475) Style & Comfort package for S trim adds an upgraded 6.3-inch touchscreen, Car-Net App-Connect compatibility, 17-inch wheels, keyless access, pushbutton start, heated leatherette front seats, and automatic headlights. (Prices are MSRP do not include $850 destination charge.)

Coast ($23,120) adds a sunroof, heated front seats with lumbar support, upgraded cloth upholstery, 6.3-inch touchscreen, and blind spot monitoring. An $895 lighting package adds bi-xenon headlights.

Beetle SE ($24,020) gets dual-zone climate control and VW Car-Net security. A $2,500 SE option package adds synthetic leather seats, 18-inch wheels, Fender audio, parking sensors, and navigation.

Dune ($26,790) has taller ride height and includes sport seats, leatherette/cloth upholstery, bi-xenon headlights, and parking sensors.

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