2015 Volkswagen Beetle

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2015 Volkswagen Beetle
2015 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

29 trims

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Notable features

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

2015 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)
New for 2015
Both the hatchback and convertible receive a new Classic trim, offering unique interior fabric, navigation, a six-speed automatic transmission, available 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and more. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine has been replaced with a new 150-horsepower 2.0-liter diesel engine.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.
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

  • 170-hp, turbo 1.8-liter gas four-cylinder engine
  • Available 210-hp, turbo 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder
  • Available 150-horsepower 2.0-liter diesel engine
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Diesel version is clean enough to be sold anywhere in the U.S.

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Available backup camera
  • Available Car-Net communication system

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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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.7

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I purchased this car used for my daughter due to the safety and styling. I didn't realize how much I would enjoy driving it. It really hugs the road and I am a little sad that I won't be the primary driver. I won't have to worry about my daughter hauling more than one friend around because there seems to be little leg room in the back row. It should be a good, safe car to take to college.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
12 months/10,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
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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