2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback
2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Beetle does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
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.
Trim levels & features
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 & vibration4.5
Ease of use4
Getting in/getting out3
Audio & navigation3
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 Hatchback for Sale
2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback Overview
The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback is offered in the following styles: 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 Hatchback?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Beetle Hatchback 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 Hatchback.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Beetle Hatchback featuring deep dives into trim levels including 2.0T S, 2.0T SE, 2.0T Dune, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.Read our full review of the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback here.
Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.
What's a good price for a New 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback?
2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 2.0T SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 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 $27,650. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 2.0T SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $4,912 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $4,912 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$22,738.
The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 2.0T SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is17.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 2.0T Dune 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)Available Inventory:
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2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 2.0T S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 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 $21,565. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 2.0T S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $4,085 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $4,085 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$17,480.
The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 2.0T S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is18.9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 12 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 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?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.