2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Beetle Convertible does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating7.2 / 10
It's not easy to find an inexpensive convertible. Drop-tops are few and far between to begin with, and those on the lower end of the price scale are an absolute rarity. Pleasingly, though, the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is just such a vehicle.
True, as a Beetle, it comes with iconic styling and a half-century's worth of reputation, expectation and even stigma wrapped up in its kitschy package. It will never be for everyone. But judged solely on its merits as a convertible, the Beetle is a comparatively sensible choice.
First and foremost, it is larger and more comfortable than its primary points of comparison: the Mini Convertible and the barely-a-convertible Fiat 500C. Is its cabin spacious? No, but it's also not clown-car-cramped. Its bigger size contributes to a greater sense of refinement and better ride quality. Its ride isn't choppy like the Mini's and Fiat's.
Now, it certainly isn't the sharpest car to drive (a Mini or Mazda MX-5 would be a better call if you're looking for that), but it's hard to complain about the engine. New for 2018 is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. It produces the same 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque as last year's engine, but it is more fuel-efficient. By comparison, a comparably priced Mini has 134 horsepower, while the Fiat 500C has 101 hp.
Ultimately, the Beetle's combination of size, refinement and power translates into a bigger-convertible feel at a reasonable small-convertible price. You'll still be dealing with compromised cargo space (which you will in almost every convertible) and limited rear visibility (ditto), but based on its objective merits, the Beetle is a great drop-top choice.
2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible configurations
The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle is a two-door, four-passenger convertible with a standard power-operated soft-top. There are four trim levels: S, Coast, SE and Dune. The Dune boasts a slightly raised suspension for more ground clearance, but otherwise all are mechanically the same. Every Beetle comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission available.
The base S comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, heated mirrors, a fully powered retractable soft-top, a separate tonneau/boot cover for the lowered roof, a rearview camera, height-adjustable front seats, cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, the Composition Color 5-inch touchscreen interface, one USB port, and an eight-speaker sound system that includes a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and a media player interface.
The Style & Comfort package adds 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, extra body-color exterior trim, keyless ignition and entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, heated front seats, satellite radio, the Composition Media 6.3-inch touchscreen, HD and satellite radios, and VW Car-Net App-Connect (adds various smartphone-integration apps, most notably Android Auto and Apple CarPlay). Every Beetle convertible can be fitted with a removable wind blocker placed over the back seats. It's a dealer-installed accessory.
The special-edition Coast trim includes all of the above plus a sunroof, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, and special design elements (a unique Deep Sea Teal paint option, a surfboard-look dash pad, houndstooth cloth upholstery and special floor mats). The Coast Light package adds bi-xenon headlights and LED taillights.
The SE includes all of the Coast's extra equipment apart from the special design elements. It also adds dual-zone automatic climate control and VW Car-Net Security & Service emergency communications. Its SE Premium package adds 18-inch wheels, front and rear parking sensors, the bi-xenon headlights, LED taillights, a Fender audio system, and the Discover Media 6.3-inch touchscreen that essentially adds a navigation system to the Composition Media system.
The Beetle Dune features extra ground clearance, a wider track and exterior design elements, plus 18-inch wheels, faux leather and cloth upholstery, front sport seats, and all of the SE Premium's added elements apart from Discover Media, which is not available. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems and VW Car-Net Security and Service are also not available on the Dune.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle 1.8T Dune (turbo 1.8L inline-4 | 6-speed automatic | FWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Beetle has received some revisions, including a new engine that's now standard in every variation, including the Dune. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Beetle.
Ease of use8.0
Getting in/getting out8.0
Audio & navigation
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Beetle Convertible safety features:
- Automotive Rollover Support System
- Two bars automatically pop up in the event of a roll-over situation. Makes up for the lack of a full, solid roof.
- VW Car-Net Security & Service
- Automatically informs emergency services in the event of a crash. Also includes an emergency response button.
- Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
- Automatically applies the brakes in the event of a collision, reducing the likelihood of a secondary impact.
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The 2018 Volkswagen 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 new-for-2018 turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. If that seems like we forgot to update those specs from last year's 1.8-liter that's because they're actually the same. It remains impressively powerful enough to give the Beetle a nice boost of speed when you need it and a clear leg up on other compact convertibles. The big change is in fuel economy, which is now 2 mpg higher at 29 mpg combined (26 city/33 highway).
For 2018, there are also fewer trim levels: S, SE, Dune and the new Coast special edition. Even the base trim comes with a fully power-operated soft top, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a touchscreen, but we would recommend opting for that trim's Style & Comfort package. For just a bit more, you get a bunch of desirable equipment such as automatic headlights, keyless start, heated seats and a bigger touchscreen that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The new Coast edition, which seems especially desirable paired with the convertible body style, essentially adds some special styling inside and out to that content.
The SE doesn't offer that much more beyond automatic climate control, a wider array of interior color choices, and access to a Premium package. The loaded Dune model gets special styling and a slight ride height to achieve a more rugged, dune-buggy-ish appearance.
No matter the version, there is a lot to like — especially its balance of style, comfort and functionality. The seats are supportive, the ride is comfortable, and the big windows make the cabin feel bright and airy. Headroom is fantastic for front passengers; back seaters don't make out so well in either the head- or legroom department, but the seat itself is reasonably comfortable.
However, you will notice some big blind spots as the small rear window limits visibility to the rear when the top is up. Good thing a rearview camera is standard. The trunk is tiny — just 7.1 cubic feet — and if you're carrying around the removable tonneau cover, it effectively gets even smaller. Then there's the tiny top-hinged opening that's compromised to say the least. At least every convertible at this price range has some sort of trunk-compromising oddity, so the Beetle certainly isn't an outlier.
In terms of driving, the steering is light in parking lots and responsive enough at speed, though the thin-rimmed steering wheel feels a bit flimsy and you don't get the feedback enjoyed in VW's Golf or GTI. The Dune model has a raised suspension that makes it lean a bit more when going around turns, but ride comfort is improved further beyond what is already a comparatively plush suspension.
As such, for a small convertible with a combination of retro-themed flair and daily-driver utility, you can't do much better than the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible. Use Edmunds to help find the perfect one for you.
2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Overview
The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is offered in the following submodels: Beetle Convertible. Available styles include 2.0T S 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 2.0T SE 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 2.0T Coast 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and 2.0T Dune 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A).
What do people think of the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 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 2018 Beetle Convertible.
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible?
2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 2.0T SE 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 2.0T SE 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,280. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 2.0T SE 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $3,303 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 2.0T SE 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is11.3% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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