2017 Volkswagen Beetle

2017 Volkswagen Beetle
MSRP range
$19,995 - $32,550

Pros

  • Stylish interior design
  • Both available engines offer a nice mix of power and fuel economy
  • More practical than other high-style small cars

Cons

  • More expensive than competitors
  • Less practical than conventional compact hatchbacks
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Top consumer reviews

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A great sport coupe for not a lot money
D. Rod, 4/8/2017
I originally went to the VW dealer to buy a GTI but I didn't like the car. It looks great and the GTI title suggests that it's a grand touring car but it's more of a track car, not what I was looking for. So, after testing the GTI, I rested my back a little bit (the GTI suspension is rock hard) then tried the Beetle S. And, I loved it. It's a solid sports coupe with the perfect mix of performance and comfort. Also, it's quite a good value. These are the key features: an Audi derived turbo charged four cylinder (smooth and powerful), automatic transmission that can be shifted manually, Hankook GT tires (great performance tires with a lot of grip), multilink independent rear suspension, and a radiator grill done NASCAR style (positioned down low). You can get all this for about $21,000. It's hard to find another brand that offers all this at that price point. Bottom line, it's a lot of fun to drive. I drove a 2007 VW Rabbit for 10 years and the only maintenance, other than routine, was the replacement of transmission driveshaft boots. So, I think it's reasonable to expect this car to be just as reliable. Also, just a final note, VW engineers chose this car to race in Red Bull Global Rallycross in which it won two championships.
1 mo and 4500mi. later
Scott, 3/11/2018
I am a big tall person and bought the beetle because it was a 2 door. Gas mileage is fantastic and it runs great at 75 mph. Radio is decent but no remote start or other luxury items. Seat quality could use another inch of foam. Tires are awful but Hankook put me into better tires. Hydroplaned in heavy rain. Probably going to end up with Michelins. Now for the good things. It is a blast to drive and it likes to go fast. Cruise control is great. Stopping for a deer was fantastic ( I live in North Texas). My king ranch is so lonely from sitting, it is lonely. Need a lot better dealer support.
Looks great, but that's about it
James, 2/24/2018
The looks of the Beetle are great, but the driving experience is very underwhelming. Tons of road noise & not that easy to see out of the rear. Car handles & accelerates ok but the interior fabric & armrests feel rather cheap. Much nicer feeling small cars on the market like the NIssan Sentra & Honda Civic, they just don't have the Beetle look.
Nice Car looks great it’s a Beetle
Stephen, 6/30/2018
Good on gas Looks good to
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$20,475
MPG
24 city / 33 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
170 hp @ 4800 rpm
MSRP
$19,995
MPG
24 city / 33 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
170 hp @ 4800 rpm
MSRP
$22,450
MPG
24 city / 33 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
170 hp @ 4800 rpm
MSRP
$23,995
MPG
24 city / 31 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
170 hp @ 4800 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Beetle safety features:

VW Car-Net
Includes automatic crash notification and roadside assistance as well as some convenience features built into a smartphone app.
Blind-Spot Monitor
Alerts you if there's a vehicle in your blind spot. It 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.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover10.5%

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More about the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle

The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle stakes out a pleasant middle ground between style and functionality. Easy to drive, well built and visually distinctive, the Beetle allows drivers to enjoy its charms without sacrificing day-to-day livability.

Most Beetles get Volkswagen's turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, which delivers 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque and drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. It's hard to find fault with this powertrain, which delivers stronger passing power than you might expect given its modest output numbers. If you want more, though, there's an available turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that serves up 210 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque and comes with a quicker-shifting six-speed, dual-clutch automatic. EPA fuel economy estimates are 28 mpg combined for the base engine and 26 mpg for the more powerful 2.0-liter.

Volkswagen offers the Beetle in seven 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, 1.8 SEL and 2.0T R-Line 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. With the Beetle 2.0T R-Line SEL, you get 20-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, xenon headlights, and unique exterior and interior styling treatments.

No matter the version, the Beetle is decent to drive, with steering that feels light around town and firm on the open road. Visibility is limited to the rear, but the standard-fit rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors make it easy to maneuver in tight spaces. The Dune model rides higher than other Beetles, while the R-Line feels more tidy around turns. Overall, none of the Beetles are all that engaging to drive.

That said, we like the practical aspects: The seats are supportive, the ride is comfortable (even on the more firmly sprung R-Line), and the big windows make the cabin feel bright and airy. Headroom is fantastic for front seat passengers; backseaters don't make out so well in either the head- or legroom department, but the seat itself is reasonably comfortable. Storage space for odds and ends is limited, but the trunk is decent and the opening is large.

For a small car with a combination of fun-loving flair and daily-driver utility, you can't do much better than the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle. Use Edmunds to help find the perfect one for you.

2017 Volkswagen Beetle Overview

The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include 1.8T Classic 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 1.8T S 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 1.8T SE 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 1.8T Dune 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 1.8T SEL 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), R-Line SEL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L Turbo 4cyl 6AM), and #PinkBeetle 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A).

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