2018 Volkswagen Beetle

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Key Specs

of the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    29 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    174-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Retro design influences
  • Fast-acting convertible top
  • Stylish interior
  • Handling
  • Long bumper-to-bumper warranty

The Bad

  • Firm ride
  • Spongy brakes
  • Rear visibility (convertible)
  • In-cabin storage room
  • Only one cupholder for backseat

Notable Features of the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine now standard
  • New Coast special edition
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto available
  • Front-wheel drive

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: Offered as a coupe or convertible, the retro-themed Volkswagen Beetle seats up to four people. Competitors include the Mini Cooper and Fiat 500. 

New for 2018

A new 174-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is the new base engine, replacing last year's 1.8-liter four-cylinder. Meanwhile, a new Coast special edition is based on the S trim level and includes Deep Sea Teal paint, a surfboard-inspired dash pad and houndstooth cloth upholstery.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(2.0)

Most unreliable car I have ever owned

by Armywife from columbia, sc on October 8, 2018

Great looking car, but I have had nothing but issues since I bought it. The dealer I bought it from could care less that I am not happy with all the amount of time I have wasted bringing it to them. Read full review

(5.0)

Cute and very fast

by Tsaida from San Antonio on September 28, 2018

I have had two already, but this one is refined and very fast! Keep making them, but I would like the DUNE in white or red, two tone would be even better. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Volkswagen
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    72 months / 72,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 72,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 72,000 or 75,000 miles (model-year specific)

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Model-year 2017 and older, 2 years/24,000 miles; model-year 2018 and forward, 1 year/12,000 miles; TDI models, 2 years/unlimited miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    5 years/60,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    100-plus point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Beetle received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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