2014 Volkswagen Beetle Consumer Reviews

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2014 Volkswagen Beetle
4.8
Average based on 17 reviews
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What a Beetle!

by from Winchester, VA on May 18, 2016

Purchased a used 2014 Beetle Convertible (white with camel interior and top) that was a trade-in at a Chrysler dealer 6 weeks ago. It is a birthday present for my wife's 70th! She fell immediately in ...
Purchased a used 2014 Beetle Convertible (white with camel interior and top) that was a trade-in at a Chrysler dealer 6 weeks ago. It is a birthday present for my wife's 70th! She fell immediately in love with it (she had one when she was 18) and wants to drive it all the time. She just loves having a drop top and everyone notices her and her "Doddlebug". She put "eyelashes" and flower decals on it to make it her own. Women go crazy over it. So far the car runs great, gets good mileage and is very comfortable to drive.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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Go drive/buy a VW TDI

by from Danville, CA on August 5, 2014

It's a pretty "special" feeling when seeing/driving any car can put such a "big smile" on your face, a "skip in your step" and attracts strangers like cute puppies! My wife is a bona fide "car snob". ...
It's a pretty "special" feeling when seeing/driving any car can put such a "big smile" on your face, a "skip in your step" and attracts strangers like cute puppies! My wife is a bona fide "car snob". We have a beautiful Lexus SC430 Covt/Hdtp that she has driven maybe twice in 2 years! But when she saw a new Toffee-brown VW TDI Convt. with a Creme-colored Tan top - she said it was one of the "best looking cars" she had ever seen! Bingo! Sold the Lexus & here we are. I was traveling on a business trip to So Cal - so used the opportunity to shop for this "specific" vehicle on Cars.com on just my iPhone. Turns out there were ONLY 4 of these cars in the entire State of Calif. - yikes! The closest Dealer I could find ended up being a "perfect" choice - McKenna VW in HB. Alexi was my Internet Sales Contact & she was terrific! Highly recommended - zero pressure, very knowledgeable - the "exact opposite" of what you expect a car salesperson to be. :) My daughter has a new Jetta TDI Sportswagen and that might be the "most well-rounded, truly economical, German-engineered cars on the planet" but the VW Beetle TDI Convt. is totally "over-the-top". It is "pure pleasure" to drive and the performance & economy is in a "class by itself". Point: I drove the card from Orange County to San Francisco up Hwy 101 - almost exactly 500 miles on exactly 12 gallons of diesel (42+ MPG @ 75 MPH). Since I bought it almost a month a ago - I've never goteen less than 36 MPG and have routinely gotten over 53MPG @ 70+ Freeway speeds. You keep hearing about Porsche-type handling & on a trip to the Wine Country last weekend - it delivered on every promise! Go drive a Beetle or any VW - TDi & see the "smile on your face" - cars should be fun! LOL.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

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becoming a mechanical nightmare

by from Lancaster PA on August 23, 2015

love my 2014 TDI, it fits me great and is comfortable and fun. But it's rapidly becoming a mechanical nightmare. It was just in the garage four weeks ago and going back again in two days. Drivers seat...
love my 2014 TDI, it fits me great and is comfortable and fun. But it's rapidly becoming a mechanical nightmare. It was just in the garage four weeks ago and going back again in two days. Drivers seat when from constantly falling (but dealer says it's fine! If it was fine, I would be sitting on the roof to drive for as often as it needs adjusted!!). Now seat doesn't work at all. Horn quit working. Brakes screech. Engine hesitates. Drivers window stopped "dropping" to go under the canvas top so I can't close the door until the window decides to work again. I'm not confident of this vehicle being reliable long term.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Pretty Good Car

by from Little Compton RI on October 29, 2013

I just purchased a 2014 Beetle TDI, Denim Blue with VW Skins to replace my Cyber Green TDI, which I gave to may grandson after 217,000 miles. This car is so different from the old car!!! It is simply ...
I just purchased a 2014 Beetle TDI, Denim Blue with VW Skins to replace my Cyber Green TDI, which I gave to may grandson after 217,000 miles. This car is so different from the old car!!! It is simply gorgeous, looks almost like a Porsche. I get compliments every day on its' looks. The windows are as tight as a drum and the only noise you hear are the tires. The Fender sound system is great, much better than the Monsoon system in the other car. The DSG tranny is very nice and I like being able to shift it. Plenty of power and it is pretty quick in Sport Mode. You pay a price for that though. Fuel mileage is much less than the other car 38 v 47. That's a big hit. It has lots of toys, like the keyless entry, Navigation system (which is not as good as I expected). Interior quality is excellent and fit and finish is very nice. More power outlets would be nice. I think that once we get used to each other it will turn out to be as outstanding as the other car was.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Miles-o-Smiles (Sun Tan Lotion Not Included)

by from New Jersey to Chicago on June 23, 2014

I bought an '03 convertible and it was a lot of trouble to own in a very short while and I essentially gave it away to a family member. But, because I really wanted a covertible still I continued loo...
I bought an '03 convertible and it was a lot of trouble to own in a very short while and I essentially gave it away to a family member. But, because I really wanted a covertible still I continued looking around , Sebring, Camaro, the usual suspects and I always came back to the VW Beetle. Last week I paid cash for a new one and picked it up Saturday and the next day I drove it 800 miles on business. Well, 1st of all, when top down motoring? They sure got the radio right. At speed the car has everything else right. It has enough reserve power left to pass, and handling when a trucks tire blew right in front of me really made the difference as I snapped the car to the left a half a lane with out warning! Stable, sure footed, and confidence building. One button top down/up operation is great. No latches, flaps, or other worries here. The owners manual says you can drop or raise the top on the move up to about 30 mph. When the top goes down comes up, it unlatches and unlocks on its own, and if you continue to hold the switch, all four windows raise up simultaneously when it goes back up and the top latches and locks itself. Miles per gallon were as promised, BTW, it is an automatic powered by the 1.8 Turbo. I must admit, I expected less performance. How do they do that? Cruise control was a great help, seating was firm but not too hard at all. Having arrived at my destination yesterday afternoon, I topped up the tank and got a car wash ready for my business appointment this morning with confidence my new car was up for the task. A convertible Beetle is not for every one, but it sure is for me!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Perfect for tall people!

by from Missouri on January 29, 2015

I have wanted a Beetle my entire life. We have 6' tall twins daughters (my husband and I are both 6'2") and have each owned a minivan since they were little. When they left for college, we went car sh...
I have wanted a Beetle my entire life. We have 6' tall twins daughters (my husband and I are both 6'2") and have each owned a minivan since they were little. When they left for college, we went car shopping for a car "just for us" with no backseat room for passengers. :) I sat in/test drove several small cars (Focus, Cooper, Mazda), but the Beetle (Denim Blue R-Line Turbo - adorable!) was the only car that made me smile just sitting it. It is very comfortable and perfect for 2 people - possibly 4, if the front seat passengers aren't tall. I love the head room and do not feel claustrophobic when I sit in it (a problem with my old minivan). It's interesting that I get the most attention from girls under 20, women over 40, and elderly men ("I used to have one of those!"). I received my 10,000 mile service notice yesterday (I bought my Beetle in April 2014), but my car only has 6,200 miles on it. I need to go on some long drives.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Love this car!

by from El Cerrito, CA on October 17, 2014

I have a 2014 Yellow Beetle convertible with the 1.8T and automatic transition. I have also owned a 1999 New Beetle and a 1967 Beetle. This car is wonderful. First, I love the looks, top up or down. ...
I have a 2014 Yellow Beetle convertible with the 1.8T and automatic transition. I have also owned a 1999 New Beetle and a 1967 Beetle. This car is wonderful. First, I love the looks, top up or down. I get compliments and positive comments constantly. And guys, if you want to get women's attention, this is the automotive equivalent of a puppy. Several times while parallel parking (top down), women have come up to the car to ask about it, say how much they love it, or threaten to steal it while I am in the store. At stop lights and in slow traffic, I get people wanting to ask about the car. If you want to be left alone, get an Accord. The ride is excellent, much better than the previous model. Even though this is a convertible, it is quieter than my old 1999 hard top. The seats are also more comfortable. The engine is extremely smooth and quiet. You cannot tell if the motor is running without checking the tach. Fortunately, they have made it so that you cannot engage the starter when the engine is running. I have tried to start it several times, only to discover that is already running. This car makes me happy. When I find myself caught in bumper to bumper traffic, I take the top down, turn up the radio and enjoy the sun on my face.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Bye Bye TDI

by from Dayton, Ohio on August 7, 2016

At the time of this writing the VW TDI scandal has already been part of our lives, those who own a TDI, for several months. So, I am a bit biased. I purchased my 2014 Convertible Beetle in April 2014....
At the time of this writing the VW TDI scandal has already been part of our lives, those who own a TDI, for several months. So, I am a bit biased. I purchased my 2014 Convertible Beetle in April 2014. I had a hard time finding one with a manual 6-speed transmission but I held out. I decided I wanted a TDI engine after driving my husbands 2012 Golf TDI. At the time seemed like brilliant engineering as car drives like a sports car yet gets amazing gas mileage. I never had a problem with the engine (other than unknowingly polluting) but we did have a few problems that others in the market for a recent model convertible beetle may be interested in: 1. Right after purchase had an issue with the driver's side outside door handle. Felt like it was not pulling properly. Took 3 visits to the dealer to get it fixed. 2. We live where it gets cold in the winter. I had a few miserable mornings when I could not get the window to go back up from the small drop it does when you open the door to get in. The windows have an issue freezing up. 3. Have 28K miles on it now and there is an annoying rattle in the passenger door. Still under warranty but because I will be selling it back to VW in a few months can't be bothered to lose a day of work to go fight with the dealership. 4. Windshield wiper fluid low warning light is always on even though I had it checked once at dealership and there is fluid in the tank. Minor problems that can be fixed under warranty so this is a warning that you may be spending more time than you like at your dealer if you purchase this car.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Love the Beetle TDI!!

by from Marietta, GA on July 5, 2014

First 2 weeks of ownership -- and I am head over heals!! My first TDI, my first VW, and I am impressed. Impressive torque propels the beetle effortlessly, drives like a sports car. The 8 speaker stand...
First 2 weeks of ownership -- and I am head over heals!! My first TDI, my first VW, and I am impressed. Impressive torque propels the beetle effortlessly, drives like a sports car. The 8 speaker standard satellite radio sounds nicer than my former Lincoln MKZ. In fact, probably the best sounding radio i have ever had in a vehicle. I wish the windows would not lower when opening a door. I had a Mustang that did the same thing, and it was plagued by frozen windows (stopping vehicle entry) during the winter months. Not looking forward to it happening to the beetle come winter. I do love the car through. Mine is black with the beige learette interior. Beautiful/classy looking with the interior black trim. Any Cons are so few compared to all the Pros - no need to mention them as all are personal preferences for most part. No regrets so far -- in fact I am sold on VW, particularly the beetle. Quite impressive and total FUN. TDI is a real keeper!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Always wanted a Beetle

by from Vermilion on May 22, 2014

Beautiful car which handles, drives and looks good. We have had many compliments already and we have told them to go to Spitzer in Amherst and the staff will treat you well. Ask for Daniel, Scott or D...
Beautiful car which handles, drives and looks good. We have had many compliments already and we have told them to go to Spitzer in Amherst and the staff will treat you well. Ask for Daniel, Scott or Dawn. We love it and have been riding around with the top down.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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