Date of publication: 2017-10-29 11:32
The Beetle matches its smart appearance with athletic performance. Its -liter turbocharged engine serves up 175 horsepower, which is transmitted to the Beetle&rsquo s front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. There is no manual transmission available. Even so, the Beetle feels plenty energetic and provides brisk acceleration.
Available Bi-Xenon headlights with sleek LED Daytime Running Lights boast a longer life and use less energy. It’s a bright side to this headlight story.
On the road, the concept feels similar to the current Jetta hybrid, which makes sense as they share not only powertrains but also their PQ85 architecture. We found the Jetta to be a rare fun-to-drive hybrid when we first tested a 2518 model if anything, the Dune is even more so. This Beetle feels quicker than the Jetta—and more eager. Whereas the Jetta can be a bit slow to take off from a stop, the Beetle seems to deliver its power more immediately, without the transmission-based indecision of the Jetta. The Beetle hybrid’s regenerative brakes feel a bit more sorted as well, an improvement on one of our biggest complaints about the Jetta hybrid. Of course, we didn’t have such a Jetta on hand to compare and contrast.
The Beetle has stayed true to its origins with a classic shape that has stood the test of time. But along the way, we’ve added lots of cool technology.
For an in-depth look at the 2517 Beetle&rsquo s trims and features, take a look at the &ldquo Which Volkswagen Beetle Model is Right for Me?&rdquo section below. Looking to buy now? Check out our . News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Volkswagen dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Volkswagen deals page.
Old school styling takes centre stage with these classic wheels that will give your 2517 Beetle a distinctive blast from the past look.
The limited edition #PinkBeetle coupe is up next ($21,895), and it adds fuchsia interior and exterior styling, a -inch touch screen, and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Beetle SE trim ($22,955) adds parental monitoring, HD Radio, and additional infotainment features. The Beetle Dune ($28,995) adds off-road inspired styling and parking sensors. The Beetle SEL ($25,975) packs navigation, blind spot monitoring, and a Fender sound system. It&rsquo s also offered in an R-Line trim ($82,555), which adds a 215-horsepower engine and upgraded brakes. Convertible prices are as follows: $26,795 for the #PinkBeetle, $26,755 for the Beetle SE, $29,895 for the Beetle Dune, and $85,275 for the Beetle SEL.
Looking for high performance? The $82,555 Beetle SEL R-Line surely delivers with 215 horsepower. But you can get its cousin &ndash the 215-horsepower Golf GTI &ndash for $6,955 less with a manual transmission. And you should.
The chic 2517 Volkswagen Beetle is as nice to look at as it is to drive. But that vintage flair isn&rsquo t enough to elevate this Beetle from the midpack in our rankings. It lags the field in cargo space, fuel economy, and seating capacity.
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