2014 Volkswagen Beetle

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2014 Volkswagen Beetle
2014 Volkswagen Beetle

Key specs

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The good:

  • Standard luxury features
  • Retro design influences
  • Diesel mileage
  • Fast-acting convertible top
  • Stylish interior

The bad:

  • Base models lack some convenience features
  • Highway composure
  • Clumsy ride with base suspension
  • Spongy brakes

32 trims

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Notable features

  • New base turbo four-cylinder
  • New limited-edition GSR model
  • Hatchback or convertible
  • Gas or diesel power
  • Manual or automatic
  • Standard heated leatherette seats

2014 Volkswagen Beetle review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

Offered as a hatchback or a convertible, the retro-themed Volkswagen Beetle can have either of two gas engines or a diesel. The Beetle seats up to four people and competitors include the Mini Cooper and Fiat 500. A limited-edition Beetle GSR is available.

(Skip to details on the: Beetle R-Line, Beetle GSR)
New for 2014
The Beetle has a new turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder as its base engine. The engine makes 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. With the adoption of a turbocharged engine as the base powerplant, the Beetle Turbo is now known as the Beetle R-Line. All Beetle gas engines can now run on E15 fuel, and higher trim levels get a backup camera.  

Volkswagen’s Car-Net communication system is available for the Beetle. It includes services like roadside assistance, crash notification and stolen vehicle location assistance as well as boundary and speed alerts, a vehicle health report and an enhanced point-of-interest service for vehicles with navigation. All Car-Net features can also be administered by a smartphone app.
Exterior Highlights

  • Retro-influenced styling
  • Wider and longer than the previous-generation Beetle
  • Available 19-inch wheels
  • Available panoramic moonroof
  • Available rear spoiler

Interior Highlights

  • Front bucket seats and a two-person backseat
  • Split-folding backseat for cargo versatility
  • Dual glove boxes
  • Available oil temperature gauge, clock and boost gauge on the dashboard
  • Available touch-screen CD stereo and navigation
  • Available Fender premium stereo
  • Available keyless access and push-button start

Under the Hood

  • New base 170-hp, turbo 1.8-liter gas four-cylinder engine
  • Available 140-hp, turbo-diesel 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Available 210-hp, turbo 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Diesel version is clean enough to be sold anywhere in the U.S.

Safety Features

  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system 
  • Available backup camera

Beetle R-Line
Available in hatchback or convertible form, the Beetle R-Line has a 210-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder engine and unique styling cues.

  • Unique 19-inch alloy wheels available
  • More aggressive front bumper styling
  • Rear diffuser
  • R-Line badges
  • Available bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lights
  • Metallic-type trim on the dashboard and doors
  • Stainless-steel scuff plates
  • Available leather upholstery

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Beetle GSR
The Beetle GSR recalls one of the limited-edition Beetles of the past. It packs a 210-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, unique interior styling details and a yellow-and-black paint scheme reminiscent of the Beetle GSR from the 1970s. As with the original, production will be limited to 3,500 units; more than half are slated for the U.S.

  • Wide black stripes run the length of the hood, and the roof and liftgate are painted black
  • Side doors get GSR lettering and stripes
  • Rear spoiler
  • Low-profile tires fitted to 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Sport seats and steering wheel are finished in leather and have contrasting yellow stitching
  • GSR gear selector
  • Steering wheels of each GSR are numbered

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.9
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Love the convertible! Makes me happy driving.

Solid for a convertible. Goes surprisingly well in the snow and with the seats down can haul stuff. I have this as my only car and it is actually very practical. Plus, it’s just a joy to drive.


Excellent condition

This car only had 11,000 miles basically a brand new car and it’s an affordable price! Also rides very smooth I can tell it was very taken care of! Love it!


Most features of any car for the great price!

This car was loaded with features I did not expect. For the price it was a tremendous good deal. Leather and heated seats, Fender audio speakers, automatic plus manual transmission, convertible, etc.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
MY 2015-MY 2017 vehicles/75,000 miles; MY 2018- MY 2019 vehicles/72,000 miles; MY 2020 and newer vehicles/75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Vehicles purchased on or after 1/5/21: MY 2017 & older, 2 yrs/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2018-19, 1 yr/12,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2020 & newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
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