• (4.8) 29 reviews
  • MSRP: $9,201–$22,257
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 23-32
  • Engine: 170-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2014 Volkswagen Beetle

Our Take on the Latest Model 2014 Volkswagen Beetle

What We Don't Like

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

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 Reviews

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

4.8

Average based on 29 reviews

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Little Gem

by gSylvie from Tampa, FL on November 10, 2017

I purchased my car in 2014, it an R-Line with Turbo engine. This is my favorite car so far. It is pretty and pleasure to drive, just the perfect size for me. Not too large so it is easy to navigate a... Read Full Review

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2014 Volkswagen Beetle Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Beetle 1.8T

Front
M
Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Beetle 1.8T

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Overall evaluation
M
Retraints and dummy kinematics
P
Structure and safety cage
A

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
A
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
A
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
A
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
A
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Beetle 1.8T

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Beetle 1.8T

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $2,200 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

Free Scheduled Maintenance

24mo/24,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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