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Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle side view

Pros and cons of the Volkswagen Beetle

  • Two-door economy car for five people
  • Affordable price
  • “Newer years” Beetle has long list of features
  • Type 1 ceased production in 1979
  • “Newer years” Beetle to cease production in 2019
  • Limited cabin space
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Safety ratings of the Volkswagen Beetle

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Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags4

Specifications of the Volkswagen Beetle

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats4
  • Doors3
  • Fuel typeDiesel or Gas
  • TransmissionManual or Automatic
  • City consumption7 - 10.4 L/100km
  • Highway consumption4.8 - 7.9 L/100km
  • Width1808 mm
  • Length4278 mm
  • Trunk space440 L
  • Cargo space850 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Volkswagen Beetle

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This version of the Volkswagen Beetle 2012 - present is available in 5 trims:

Trendline trim features and specs

Available with the Trendline trim:
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Power steering
Available with the Trendline trim:
  • Steel wheels
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Stability control
Available with the Trendline trim:
  • CD player
  • Computer (optional)
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the Trendline trim:
1.8 L - Gas - 170 hp
City consumption:9.5 - 9.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.9 - 7.3 L/100km
Transmission:Manual or Automatic
Range:634 - 661 km

Highline trim features and specs

Available with the Highline trim:
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Sport seats in the front
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Power steering
Available with the Highline trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Highline trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Dusk sensor
  • Rain sensor (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Stability control
Available with the Highline trim:
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
3 engines are available with the Highline trim:
1.8 L - Gas - 170 hp
City consumption:8.2 - 8.6 L/100km
Highway consumption:6 L/100km
Transmission:Manual or Automatic
Range:740 - 763 km
2 L - Diesel - 140 hp
City consumption:7 - 7.2 L/100km
Highway consumption:4.8 - 5 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:899 - 902 km
2.5 L - Gas - 170 hp
City consumption:9.5 - 9.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.4 - 7.1 L/100km
Transmission:Manual or Automatic
Range:653 - 661 km

Sportline trim features and specs

Available with the Sportline trim:
  • 2 climate zones (optional)
  • Air conditioning (automatic) (optional)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters (optional)
  • Sport seats in the front
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Power steering
Available with the Sportline trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Bi-Xenon headlights (optional)
  • Fog lights
  • LED daytime running lights (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Sportline trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Dusk sensor
  • Overtaking sensors (optional)
  • Rain sensor (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Stability control
Available with the Sportline trim:
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player (optional)
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
2 engines are available with the Sportline trim:
2 L - Gas - 200 hp
City consumption:9.9 - 10.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.5 - 6.7 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:634 - 658 km
2 L - Gas - 210 hp
City consumption:9 - 10.4 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.4 - 7.9 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:599 - 699 km

Dune trim features and specs

Available with the Dune trim:
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Sport seats in the front
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Power steering
Available with the Dune trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Bi-Xenon headlights
  • Fog lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Dune trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Dusk sensor
  • Overtaking sensors (optional)
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Stability control
Available with the Dune trim:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the Dune trim:
1.8 L - Gas - 170 hp
City consumption:9.5 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.9 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:661 km

Comfortline trim features and specs

Available with the Comfortline trim:
  • 2 climate zones (optional)
  • Air conditioning (automatic) (optional)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Sport seats in the front (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Power steering
Available with the Comfortline trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Bi-Xenon headlights (optional)
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • LED daytime running lights (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Comfortline trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Dusk sensor
  • Overtaking sensors (optional)
  • Rain sensor (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Stability control
Available with the Comfortline trim:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player (optional)
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
4 engines are available with the Comfortline trim:
1.8 L - Gas - 170 hp
City consumption:8.2 - 9.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:6 - 7.3 L/100km
Transmission:Manual or Automatic
Range:634 - 763 km
2 L - Diesel - 140 hp
City consumption:7 - 7.2 L/100km
Highway consumption:4.8 - 5 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:899 - 902 km
2 L - Diesel - 150 hp
City consumption:7.7 - 7.8 L/100km
Highway consumption:5.8 - 5.9 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:791 - 803 km
2.5 L - Gas - 170 hp
City consumption:9.5 - 9.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.4 - 7.1 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
Range:653 - 661 km

Overview of the Volkswagen Beetle

Learn about the Volkswagen Beetle

Summary

When it comes to stylish, affordable cars, the Volkswagen Beetle is a standout choice. Its domed silhouette and retro aesthetic are instantly recognizable. While the original Type 1 model ceased production in 2003, new generations offer revised designs, and updated comforts and safety features. The Volkswagen Beetle is a fun and compact two-door vehicle that can seat up to four people. The car is available with automatic and manual transmissions, as well as a choice of four engines. With production ending in 2019, a pre-owned model will soon be the only way to own one of these iconic cars.

Safety

Before the redesign and launch of the New Beetle, the Type 1 Volkswagen Beetle—AKA "the Original Beetle"—was more about classic charm than safety, as most models in the 60s up to the early 70s don't come with airbags or even seatbelts. However, the revamped New Beetle, which kickstarted in 2012, comes with plenty of standard safety features in all 2007 models and beyond. These include:

  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) to help with steering control and prevent skidding
  • Traction control to increase purchase when accelerating on slippery surfaces
  • Electronic stability control to help prevent swerving
  • Daytime running lights to ensure other drivers can see you on the road

Select trim levels come with a rearview camera to assist with reversing. The newest models offer driver assistance features like Blind Spot Detection, which triggers a warning light if a passing vehicle is out of sight through your mirrors.

Interior

You’ll find a wealth of convenience and comfort features in the Volkswagen Beetle. Many features are standard in all models 2007 and onward. Illuminated vanity mirrors are a marvel on those nights you need to touch up your hair before heading out. An adjustable steering wheel allows the driver to customize their setup with ease. Leather upholstery is available in high-end trims and newer models, for those seeking an extra level of class. For those chilly days, heated front and rear seats can be added as a nice finishing touch. 

Originals will of course have that vintage touch, such as vibrant-coloured leather upholstery, a matching dash and a classically thin, leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Technology

All Volkswagen Beetles 2008 and onward include an AM/FM radio, CD player and six-speaker stereo as standard. Vehicles 2012 and onward come with an upgraded eight-speaker stereo, so you can listen to your satellite radio should you choose it as an add-on. If drivers wish to upgrade their sound system to another level, they can pay a bit more for a Fender® audio system. Upper trim levels and the newer models offer Bluetooth capability and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto®. A voice-activated navigation system will ensure you end up where you're going. All of these features are part of a user-friendly infotainment system with either a 5-inch or 6.3-inch touchscreen.

As you can imagine, the Original Beetle wasn't all that equipped, tech-wise. It was in the 1978 Champagne convertible when they first introduced the M/FM radio and analog quartz clock. It's best to ask your local dealership which tech featurescan be added to your vintage Beetle. 

Space

The Volkswagen Beetle seats four people comfortably, with plenty of headroom and legroom in the front seats. Headroom in the back is a little more limited, with some drivers complaining it can feel cramped. The vehicle doesn't have a great deal of cargo space, especially with the convertible model. Opt for a hatchback model if you can use the space. 

In the Original, most models have adjustable front seats and a fold-down rear seat for some extra cargo space.

Comfort

The Volkswagen Beetle's handling is tight, and its suspension takes the bumps in the road with little issue. The standard engine provides a good amount of power and fuel economy, too. The Turbo or R-line trims, on the other hand, are best suited for thrill-seekers who are practiced at taking their corners at speed. High-end trims come with an adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support to make your ride as comfortable as possible. 

Frequently asked questions about the Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetles are available new from $20,895. Older models can be found for between $9,000 and $20,000.

Volkswagen will cease production of the Beetle in July 2019. Currently, the company has no plans to launch a replacement model.

Yes, all Volkswagen Beetles come standard with front-wheel drive for better handling and fuel economy.

The Volkswagen Beetle comes with either a 1.8 L, 2.0 L four-cylinder turbocharged engine or 2.5 L five-cylinder engine. Generally, the earlier the model, the more engine options available.

Volkswagen has sold over 750,000 Volkswagen Beetles in the U.S. since 1997. In 2018, Volkswagen sold 1729 Beetles in Canada.