Volkswagen went way back to the drawing board with its reimagining of the current Beetle. The Beetle draws its inspiration from the original Beetle that was made from 1938 through the 1970s. The modern Beetle is almost certainly better in every way -- it features a lower, flatter roofline and a more aggressive stance. The engine is now up front, reflecting modern car design. Overall dimensions have grown, which translates to more interior room for passengers. Those passengers get a combination of retro simplicity in the gauge layout, elegance in the quality of cabin materials, and great technology features.
The Beetle comes in two basic models -- 1.8T and R-Line 2.0T. The base model utilizes a 170-horsepower, 1.8L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine driving the front wheels through a standard 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. It is offered in S, SE and SEL trim levels. The R-Line 2.0T delivers 210 horsepower from a 2.0L direct-injected and turbocharged 4-cylinder. It is available with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The Beetle shares its underpinnings with the Jetta, which includes front struts and a rear multi-link setup. Steering will feel very familiar to those who have driven previous modern Beetles, though the driving experience has changed significantly, thanks to the revised A-pillar angle and accordingly, the abbreviated dashboard, bringing the driver closer to the action.
A convertible version gets a power-folding fabric top. The top folds in 9.5 seconds and will operate at vehicle speeds up to 30 mph. Convertibles feature the same engine and transmission lineups as the coupe, and the modest weight increase barely hinders performance.
Base S trims come nicely equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and automatic headlights. Inside there's an auto-dimming mirror, cloth seats with front lumbar support, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake, a 50/50 split-fold rear seat, and a five-inch MIB II touchscreen radio with USB. The SE trim includes 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, VW Car-Net App-Connect, and a 6.3-inch touchscreen. Finally SEL trims feature 18-inch wheels, keyless entry and ignition, navigation, a powered panoramic sunroof, and a blind-spot warning system.
The 2.0L Beetles come in R-Line trims. The R-Line SE gets 18-inch machined alloy wheels and a sport-tuned suspension, heated power-adjustable mirrors, a lip spoiler, the Car-Net system, fabric seat trim and carbon-fiber look instrument panel accents. A Fender premium sound system is also standard. The R-Line SEL adds 19-inch wheels, automatic headlights with LED running lights, and leather upholstery.
Originally a special model for 2016, the Beetle Dune trim is now a regular part of the lineup. It features the 1.8T engine, special exterior paint and seating surfaces, parking assist, and much of the rest of the SE standard features, along with lifted suspension.
Safety comes standard as well in all 2017 Beetles, with anti-lock brakes, dual front airbags and combined curtain and side front seat airbags.
Practical And Spacious Interior
Sporty Turbo Performance
Plenty Of In-cabin Entertainment Options
The Beetle returns for 2017 with a slight refresh to the styling, bringing a more aggressive look to the front and rear of the car. In addition, a new special edition is available this year, the #PinkBeetle. The #PinkBeetle will only be available in limited quantities and as the name implies, only be available in one color. The #PinkBeetle theme carries over into the inside, with unique pink highlights for the interior including pink plaid inserts in the seating.
With an aggressive design, spacious interior, and two refined, efficient engines, the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle offers a fresh alternative for buyers shopping around for a cool compact. With regards to features, performance and price, the Beetle holds its own against the likes of the MINI Cooper and FIAT 500, with a lower price than the MINI and more practical interior than the FIAT.
Engine: 1.8L TSI 170 HP DOHC 16V Turbo 4-Cylinder -inc: direct injection
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic w/Tiptronic -inc: sport mode
3.87 Axle Ratio
Engine Oil Cooler
60-Amp/Hr 330CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
140 Amp Alternator
3990# Gvwr 833# Maximum Payload
Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
14.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
Wheels: 17" Rotor Alloy
Tires: 17" AS
Wheels w/Painted Accents w/Chrome Hub Covers
Steel Spare Wheel
Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
Body-Colored Front Bumper
Body-Colored Rear Bumper
Chrome Side Windows Trim
Body-Colored Door Handles
Body-Colored Bodyside Moldings and Chrome Bodyside Insert
Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
Light Tinted Glass
Variable Intermittent Wipers
Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
Radio: AM/FM/HD 6.3" Touchscreen Nav w/CD Player -inc: Discover Media, USB input, aux-in, VW Car-Net Security and Service (connected car service - limited subscription), VW Car-Net App-Connect smartphone integration and interface, VW Car-Net Guide and Inform enhanced navigation and infotainment, 8-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity and SiriusXM satellite radio (limited-time trial subscription)
Radio w/Seek-Scan, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls, Radio Data System and External Memory Control
Audio Theft Deterrent
Window Grid And Roof Mount Antenna
1 LCD Monitor In The Front
Siriusxm Traffic Real-Time Traffic Display
Heated Front Comfort Seats -inc: manually adjustable front seats w/manual lumbar support and 2nd row easy entry
50-50 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat