2018 Volkswagen Beetle
2018 Volkswagen Beetle pricingin Ashburn, VA
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Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating7.2 / 10
Few cars on the road are more iconic that Volkswagen's Beetle. Yet the newest-generation model that debuted for the 2012 model year has never been a big seller in the way the original and the more recent "New Beetle" were. That's really a shame because the 2018 VW Beetle is an appealing little two-door that offers a compelling blend of style, performance, comfort and features.
For 2018, things have been simplified a bit in Beetle land. There are fewer trim levels with the demise of the performance-oriented R-Line. But a new special-edition Coast trim level that features special beach-themed styling has been added. OK, so some cutesy retro pastiche lives on. There's also a new engine standard on every Beetle, including the vaguely off-roadish Dune version. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder replaces the old 1.8-liter, and although both produce the same output — 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque — the new 2.0-liter nets an extra 3 mpg in combined city/highway driving.
Some familiar downsides are still around, including less cargo space and a higher price than most other competing hatchbacks. But if you're looking for a compact car with some character, giving the Beetle a chance could definitely be worth it.
2018 Volkswagen Beetle configurations
The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle is a two-door hatchback that seats four people. 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. For 2018, that includes in the engine bay as well. Every Beetle comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 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 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 for the S adds 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, extra body-colored exterior trim, keyless ignition and entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leatherette 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).
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, special exterior design elements, 18-inch wheels, faux leather and cloth upholstery, front sport seats, and all of the SE Premium's added elements apart from Discover Media touchscreen, 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.
Noise & vibration8.5
Ease of use8.0
Getting in/getting out7.0
Audio & navigation
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Beetle safety features:
- VW Car-Net Security & Service
- Automatically informs emergency services in the event of a crash. Also includes an emergency response button.
- Blind-Spot Monitor
- Keeps track of your blind spots and alerts you to the presence of other cars with lights in the side mirrors.
- Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
- Automatically applies the brakes in the event of a collision, reducing the likelihood of a secondary impact.
2018 Volkswagen Beetle for Sale
The 2018 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.
For 2018, the Beetle lineup has been simplified. There is now only one engine choice: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that achieves the same 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque as the old 1.8-liter. But it now gets an extra 3 mpg combined for 29 mpg combined (26 city/34 highway). A six-speed automatic is standard.
There are also fewer trim levels: S, SE, Dune and the new Coast special edition. Even the base trim comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an eight-speaker sound system and a touchscreen, but we'd 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 essentially adds some special styling inside on top of those features.
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 slightly raised ride height to achieve a more rugged appearance.
But with every Beetle, 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. Storage space for odds and ends is limited, but the trunk is decent and the opening is large.
In terms of driving dynamics, that turbocharged engine provides plenty of power. And although the relaxed steering and handling will be a disappointment to anyone hoping the Beetle is a VW GTI in retro clothing, its impressive comfort should be appealing to many.
For a small car with a combination of fun-loving flair and daily-driver utility, you can't do much better than the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle. Use Edmunds to help find the perfect one for you.
2018 Volkswagen Beetle Overview
The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle is offered in the following submodels: Beetle Hatchback. Available styles include 2.0T S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 2.0T SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 2.0T Dune 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and 2.0T Coast 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A).
What do people think of the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Beetle 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.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Volkswagen Beetle?
2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,365. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $5,268 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $5,268 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$20,097.
The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is20.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 5 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $21,350. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $4,913 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $4,913 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$16,437.
The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is23% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 6 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Volkswagen Beetle?
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