Review, Specs, Configurations, and Prices of the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle

2018 Volkswagen Beetle

MSRP: $20,220 - $32,090
3.5

Reliability

3.0/5

Safety

4.4/5

Interior

3.3/5

Performance

3.4/5

Strengths

  • It has a turbo-charged Peppy engine
  • It has a clean cabin design
  • It has a user-friendly interior

Weaknesses

  • It has a poor fuel economy
  • It has a high average price
  • It has few features of advanced safety
  • Transmission unrefined

2018 VW Beetle Review

The revival of the two decades old Volkswagen Beetle seems to be over. While the original was never so successful in its time, the renowned commodity, which came into existence in 1998, was an icon dating back to 1949. But now the New Beetle is old, headed to extinction. 

The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle is now available in a new coast trim level for the last reworked models for 2012. The engine offerings were reduced to one a new 2,0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The old R-line engine is gone. New Style & Comfort, Lighting, and Premium option are available. Volkswagen now offers a new 6-year or 72,000-mile warranty. 

The beetle is now accessible at four levels: S, Coast, SE, and Taller-Riding Dune. The version of the Coast comes with a teal shade of deep sea. There’s a surfin’ themed dashboard with a wood-look dashboard inside over rough floor mats. A hatchback coupe or convertible is available in every edition.

The modestly more robust and economical 2.0-liter rendition, which generates 174 horsepower with 184-pound feet of torque, is replaced by the previous 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. The only transmission is a smooth 6-speed automatic.  

While the new safety features are lacking, each beetle is heavily equipped. There is a standard rearview camera. Coast and SE models are monitored blind spots. Parking sensors on Dune models are standard, and SE is optional. 

Incomplete crash testing scores. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Beetle a 5-star rating, but with a 4-star rating for frontal impacts. Only the four-star frontal-impact score is listed for 2018 models. For some years, convertibles were not crash tested.

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2018 VW Beetle Features and Specs

Engine2.0L
Seating4 Passengers
Power174 @ 5000 rpm
Transmission6-speed w/OD
MPG26 City and 33 Hwy
DrivetrainFront-wheel Drive
2018 VW Beetle Features and Specs

What’s Newly Include

  • It has a standard 2.0-liter engine
  • R-Line, Classic, and SEL trim discontinued

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback and Convertible Configurations

The Volkswagen Beetle 2018 is available in two body styles: hatchback and convertible. Four different levels are available: S, S with comfort and design (Coast), SE, and Dune. The base model S of Beetle has good basic features, but it’s the first standard edition with Android Audio and Apple CarPlay.

1. 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T S 2dr Hatchback

Price: The original MSRP of the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T S 2dr Hatchback is $20,220

Specs and Features: The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T S has a 2.0L I-4 Engine, 6-speed Transmission, 174 @ 5,000 rpm Horsepower, 184 @ 1,500 rpm Torque, Front-wheel Drive type, ABS and driveline Traction control, 16″ silver aluminum Wheels, Front air conditioning, manual, AM/FM/HD, seek-scan Radio, 1st row LCD monitor, Keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry, Heated mirrors, and Cloth Seats trim.

2. 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T S 2dr Convertible

Price: The original MSRP of the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T S 2dr Convertible is $25,440

Specs and Features: The specs and features are almost the same as the previous one. The only feature is it is convertible.

3. 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T Coast 2dr Hatchback

Price: The original MSRP of the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T Coast 2dr Hatchback is $23,120

Specs and Features: The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T Coast has additional or replacing features on 2.0T S of 1st-row exterior express open/close sliding and tilting glass Sunroof, 17″ black aluminum Wheels, Driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback heated front seats, SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, seek-scan Radio, Windshield wipers – rain-sensing and Driver and passenger Lumbar support.

4. 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T Coast 2dr Convertible

Price: The original MSRP of the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T Coast 2dr Convertible is $26,840

Specs and Features: The specs and features are almost the same as the previous one. The only feature is it is convertible.

5. 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T SE 2dr Hatchback

Price: The original MSRP of the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T SE 2dr Hatchback is $24,020

Specs and Features: The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T SE  has additional or replacing features on 2.0T Coast of 17″ silver aluminum Wheels, Front air conditioning, dual-zone Climatronic automatic, and V-Tex leatherette Seat trim.

6. 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T SE 2dr Convertible

Price: The original MSRP of the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T SE 2dr Convertible is $28,040

Specs and Features: The specs and features are almost the same as the previous one. The only feature is it is convertible.

7. 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T Dune 2dr Hatchback

Price: The original MSRP of the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T Dune 2dr Hatchback is $26,790

Specs and Features: The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T Dune has additional or replacing features on 2.0T SE of 18″ machined w/painted accents aluminum wheels, front fog/driving lights, V-Tex cloth/leatherette seat trim, and Park Pilot Parking assist.

8. 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T Dune 2dr Convertible

Price: The original MSRP of the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T Dune 2dr Convertible is $32,090.

Specs and Features: The specs and features are almost the same as the previous one. The only feature is it is convertible.

Should I Buy a 2018 VW Beetle?

Yes,  you should buy the 2018 VW Beetle because of its slightly more Powerful Engine, Predictable Handling, and Beloved Styling.

You May also Ask for

How much is a 2018 VW Beetle?

The 2018 VW Beetle has the suggested retail price (MSRP) of the manufacturer that is only starting at just over $21,000 for the S trim coupe, with an automatic transmission, with an 850 USD standard fee. The Beetle Coast Coupe, starting at just under $24,000, is much more recommendable. 

Is a Volkswagen Beetle a good car?

The VW Beetle 2018 is a subcompact car. Perhaps the most enticing feature is its timeless and unmistakable style. This car is expected to cost you more than many top rivals, though. 

Do Volkswagen Beetles have problems?

Out of 28 VW models, the Beetle is 17th in reliability. Overall, its PainRank of 9.28 is based on a comparative analysis of the 287 owners’ complaints submitted over 23 model years to CarComplaints.com.

How long do Volkswagen Beetles last?

Beetle could last 200,000 or more, but maintenance is the downside. It will cost more in timing belts, shock, alignments, tires, etc.

Bilal Ibrahim

Bilal Ibrahim is an automotive engineer, graduated from NED University of Engineering and Technology.

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