The Volkswagen Beetle is like The Bold and the beautiful; a long soap opera that just keeps on moving. The Beetle has been around for a long time, and it's showing its age; however, it remains very competitive. So what makes this front-drive compact car tick? Well, it has a fun shape, and it's instantly recognizable. Its main selling point is its iconic style. The manufacturers of this iconic vehicle are offering it in two body styles, a convertible with a power-operated soft top or a two-door coupe with a hatch.
What are the pros and cons of the VW Beetle?
This front-drive compact car boasts of many good things; they include a smooth ride, User-friendly interior controls, relative value for a little car, iconic style, Superlative warranty lots of character as well as good outward visibility. On the other hand, we don't like the fact that it lacks advanced safety systems, it has a style that doesn't accommodate everyone, it has no R-Line engine and has Chintzy interior materials.
"Am a classic man, you can be mean when you look this clean, am a classic man." If the Beetle were a musician, then it would definitely be Jidenna because it matches with his hit song Classic man. Even classic cars change to create room for improvement; the 2018 version gets rid of the old 1.8-liter unit and replaces it with a 2.0-liter turbo-four as the base engine. The new Coast special edition option comes with rear cross-traffic alert, a cool Deep Sea Teal exterior color, plaid seats, blind spot warning and Heritage alloy wheels. The SE trim has stuff like a sunroof and automatic climate control. The base S trim is offered with keyless entry, rain-sensing wipers as well as automatic headlights in the Style & Comfort package.
Which features does it offer?
The base Beetle S trim receives a rearview camera, 50/50-split folding rear seats, a USB port, a five-inch touchscreen, cloth upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, a rear spoiler, 16-inch alloy wheels and automatic headlights. The SE trim features leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, keyless entry/start, Apple CarPlay, a 6.3-inch touchscreen, 17-inch alloy wheels and Android Auto integration as well as a secondary glove box. The SEL trim adds a Fender premium audio system, rear cross-traffic alert, navigation, blind-spot warning, 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, parking sensors and panoramic sunroof.
The R-Line model features 20-inch alloy wheels, sportier rear, and front bumpers, leather upholstery, a sport suspension, HID headlights among other features. BeetleA DuneA variants come with LED taillights, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, a raised suspension with a wider track, front sport seats and two-tone leatherette upholstery.
Which trims are available?
The Volkswagen Beetle is like ordering from a 5-star restaurant because it offers its delicacies in a long menu. In the menu, there are trims like Dune, SEL, Coast, S, Coast, and SE. It comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. It produces 174 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The R-Line model has an exclusive six-speed dual-clutch automatic; it produces 210 hp and 207 lb-ft. This classic car has a price tag that ranges between $21,070 and $32,940.
What can be said about its safety?
The beetle's higher trims boast of features like blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert. The 2018 model is yet to be tested by the IIHS; however, the 2017 Beetle performed fairly in their tests. The NHTSA has conducted rollover and front crash tests on the 2018 version; it scored a rating of four out of five stars.