The Newest VW Beetle

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 [search label="warranty" items="Car warranty|Car insurance|Lubrico Warrenty|Extended Car Warrenty"] 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.


What's new?

"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 [search label="Beetle S trim" items="VW Beetle|Beetle trims|Volkswagen Dealership"] 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.<br>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 [search label="Volkswagen Beetle" items="Volkswagen Beetle|Mini Cooper|Fiat 500|Volkswagen Jetta"] 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.

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