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Volkswagen Beetle:Review the specs, features and pros & cons

Volkswagen Beetle side view
Volkswagen Beetle angular front perspective
Volkswagen Beetle angular rear perspective

Overview of the Volkswagen Beetle

Learn about the Volkswagen Beetle

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.

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

Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags4

Specifications of the Volkswagen Beetle

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats4
  • Doors3
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionManual or Automatic
  • City consumption9.5 - 10.3 L/100km
  • Highway consumption6.4 - 7.5 L/100km
  • Width1808 mm
  • Length4278 mm
  • Trunk space436 - 440 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 variant of the Volkswagen Beetle 2012 - 2017 is available in 9 trims:

Premiere trim features and specs

Frequently asked questions about the Volkswagen Beetle

Dimensions of the Volkswagen Beetle

Vehicle dimensions
YearHeight fromWidth fromLength from
Exact values depend on trim choices.
20171486 mm1808 mm4278 mm
20121486 mm1808 mm4278 mm