2017 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
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Which Beetle Convertible does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle stakes out a pleasant middle ground among the few retro-themed convertibles that we consider its competition. It's stylish but also very functional and easy to drive. If you're seeking a fun retromobile, the VW Beetle should be on your short list.
We're now well into the second generation of the Beetle's revival and the lineup is just as strong as it's ever been. The more typical trim levels remain, bolstered by a few models to keep things interesting. The new #PinkBeetle (not associated with breast cancer awareness organizations) brings a funky fuchsia paint job and quaint plaid interior and the returning Dune harkens back to the Baja Bugs of the 1970s.
Thankfully, the charm and personality of the Beetle don't mean you need to sacrifice elsewhere. It's plenty capable, comfortable and convenient. The bigger concern may be price, as the Beetle does cost a bit more than some of its other nouveau-retro rivals, but it likely won't be so great as to kill a deal. With six available trim levels, there's probably one in your budget.
2017 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible configurations
The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle is a two-door convertible that is available in six trim levels, starting with the 1.8T S and climbing to the 1.8 SE, 1.8 SEL, 1.8T Classic, 1.8T Dune and a new #PinkBeetle limited edition. All of these models are powered by a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine (170 horsepower, 184 pound-feet of torque) paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels.
For the most part, successive trim levels add more comfort and technology features, but even the base 1.8T S comes with a solid list of standard items.
Standard feature highlights for the base 1.8T S trim include 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, a power-folding fabric top with a glass rear window, a rear spoiler, keyless remote entry, cruise control, air-conditioning, imitation-leather upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, heated front seats, 50/50-split folding rear seats, a rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, color-adjustable ambient interior lighting, a 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, and an eight-speaker CD player with auxiliary and USB input.
The 1.8T Classic adds 17-inch wheels, cloth and imitation-leather upholstery, VW Car-Net smartphone integration, a 6.3-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, and HD and satellite radio. This model does not come with the ambient lighting.
The 1.8T SE includes the ambient lighting, keyless entry and ignition and full imitation-leather upholstery, but it does not include the navigation system. The 1.8 SEL trim adds 18-inch wheels, front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, dual-zone automatic climate control, the navigation system and a Fender premium audio system.
The limited edition #PinkBeetle is appointed similarly to the 1.8 SE and is only available in a metallic fuchsia exterior color. Other additions include 18-inch wheels xenon headlights, LED running lights and taillights, and unique plaid upholstery. The auto-dimming mirror is not included. The 1.8T Dune model is also similar to the 1.8 SE trim but adds 18-inch wheels, unique exterior styling elements, LED taillights, front and rear parking sensors, a slightly raised suspension, and cloth- and imitation-leather-upholstered sport seats. It does not include the keyless entry and ignition, however.
Some features are available as options on supporting trim levels.
2016 Volkswagen Beetle 1.8T Dune (turbo 1.8L inline-4 | 6-speed automatic | FWD)
NOTE: This review utilizes information and impressions of a 2016 Volkswagen Beetle 1.8T Dune hatchback and a 2014 Beetle Convertible R-Line (which is no longer available). Differences between these test vehicles and the typical 1.8T Beetle convertible are likely related to handling and ride comfort, but our other findings remain broadly applicable.
Noise & vibration3.0
Ease of use4.0
Getting in/getting out3.0
Audio & navigation3.0
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Beetle Convertible safety features:
- VW Car-Net
- Includes automatic crash notification and roadside assistance as well as some convenience features built into the smartphone app.
- Blind Spot Monitor
- Alerts you if there's a car in your blind spot and includes rear cross-traffic alert, too.
- Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
- Automatically applies the brakes in the event of a collision, reducing the likelihood of a secondary impact.
The 2017 Beetle convertible is an easy car to live with, and yet its styling clearly harks back to the classic Beetle of yesteryear. For a small and stylish drop-top, this is one of the best.
One of this car's best attributes is its turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. It's powerful enough to give to give the Beetle a nice boost of speed when you need it, yet it's also pretty frugal, with the EPA estimating you'll get 28 mpg in combined city and highway driving.
Volkswagen offers the Beetle convertible in six trim levels, starting with the 1.8T S and then climbing to the 1.8T Classic, 1.8 SE, a new #PinkBeetle limited edition, 1.8T Dune and 1.8 SEL. Standard feature highlights for the base 1.8T S trim include 16-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker sound system. The 1.8T Classic adds a few extra features including a bigger touchscreen and a navigation system.
You get a few more features with the 1.8 SE, while the limited-edition #PinkBeetle is appointed similarly to the 1.8 SE but is only available in a metallic fuchsia exterior color. The 1.8T Dune model is also similar to the 1.8 SE trim but adds unique exterior styling elements. At the top of the Beetle line is the loaded 1.8 SEL.
No matter the version, the Beetle is decent to drive. The steering is firm and responsive, though the thin-rimmed steering wheel feels a bit flimsy. The Dune model has a raised suspension that makes it lean a bit more when going around turns. Yet all versions of the Beetle ride comfortably, albeit with some wind noise around the closed roof. You'll notice some big blind spots; the small rear window limits visibility to the rear when the top is up. Good thing a rearview camera is standard. Also, the trunk is tiny (just 7.1 cubic feet — the removable tonneau cover takes up a good chunk of that — and the opening is tiny), and there's not much storage space in the cabin.
Still, for a small convertible with a combination of retro-themed flair and daily-driver utility, you can't do much better than the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle convertible. Use Edmunds to help find the perfect one for you.
2017 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Overview
The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is offered in the following submodels: Beetle Convertible. Available styles include 1.8T S 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 1.8T SEL 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), #PinkBeetle 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 1.8T Classic 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 1.8T Dune 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and 1.8T SE 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A).
What do people think of the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 Beetle Convertible 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 Beetle Convertible.
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