2017 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback

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2017 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback Overview

The standard features of the Volkswagen Beetle 1.8T Fleet include 1.8L I-4 170hp intercooled turbo engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, driver and passenger side airbag head extension, airbag occupancy sensor, Climatic air conditioning, 16" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2017 Volkswagen
Beetle Hatchback

Starting at: $19,495

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  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Speakers - 8
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 5.0"
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 144 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 4
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Manual driver lumbar support
  • Front center armrest - w/storage
  • Manual passenger lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Engine displacement - 1.8 L
  • Engine horsepower - 170hp @ 4,800RPM
  • Engine torque - 184 lb.-ft. @ 1,500RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 82.5mm x 84.1mm (3.25" x 3.31")
  • Compression ratio - 9.60 to 1
  • Payload - 378kg (833lbs)
  • GVWR - 1,810kg (3,990lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,277mm (168.4")
  • Exterior body width - 1,808mm (71.2")
  • Exterior height - 1,486mm (58.5")
  • Wheelbase - 2,540mm (100.0")
  • Turning radius - 5.4m (17.7')
  • Front legroom - 1,049mm (41.3")
  • Rear legroom - 798mm (31.4")
  • Front headroom - 1,001mm (39.4")
  • Rear headroom - 942mm (37.1")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,405mm (55.3")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,245mm (49.0")
  • Passenger volume - 2,410L (85.1 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 436 L (15 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 847 L (30 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Bodyside moldings
  • Engine liters - 1.8
  • Compressor - intercooled turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 170hp @ 4,800RPM
  • Torque - 184 lb.-ft. @ 1,500RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - Tiptronic
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 28mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 14.5gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 24mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 33mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 215/60HR16.0
  • Rear tires - 215/60HR16.0
  • Wheel size - 16"
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
1.8T Fleet 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 1.8T Fleet Search New $19,495   170-hp 1.8L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  24 / 33  
1.8T S 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 1.8T S Search New $19,995   170-hp 1.8L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  24 / 33  
1.8T Classic 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 1.8T Classic Search New $20,475   170-hp 1.8L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  24 / 33  
1.8T Pink 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 1.8T Pink Search New $21,890   170-hp 1.8L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  24 / 33  
1.8T SE 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 1.8T SE Search New $22,450   170-hp 1.8L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  24 / 33  
1.8T Dune 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 1.8T Dune Search New $23,995   170-hp 1.8L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  24 / 31  
1.8T SEL 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 1.8T SEL Search New $25,975   170-hp 1.8L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  24 / 33  


Driving Impression

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Ride and handling are strong points, helped by precise, controlled steering. Beetles promise a sense of all-around refinement, along with a compliant ride. Suspensions effectively absorb pavement flaws. Ride comfort leans toward the soft side.

Cornering smartly, Beetles suffer minimal body roll even when driven energetically. Even in R-Line form, though, they aren’t as sporty in nature as their appearance and reputation might suggest.

Not only are convertibles a bit heavier, they’re slightly less rigid. Yet, the driving experience differs little between body styles unless the fabric top is lowered.

Volkswagen’s smooth 1.8-liter engine yields solid acceleration, working well with the automatic transmission. With 40 more horsepower emanating from its 2.0-liter four, the R-Line is livelier, better able to pass confidently. The dual-clutch transmission shifts promptly, without annoying clunks.

Noise is hardly absent. Wind, engine, and road sounds blend into a dreary roar, particularly in R-Line models.

Although the Beetle Dune sits slightly higher than its mates, it’s still quite low. Don’t expect off-road potential.

Reasonably fuel-efficient but not quite thrifty, most Beetles are EPA-rated at 24/33 mpg City/Highway, or 28 mpg Combined. Convertibles and coupes get the same estimates. Dune models are rated at 24/31/27 mpg, while the R-Line is EPA-rated at 23/29 mpg City/Highway, or 26 mpg Combined.

Walk Around

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Few cars look as distinctive as the Beetle, marketed in its current form since 2012. At that time, a roofline that suggests the old Porsche 356 edged aside the previous (1998-2011) generation’s taller, rounded roof.

Cleanly simple body lines have helped the Beetle age surprisingly well. Styling touches include flat wheel arches and subtle fender flares. SEL models get Circle alloy wheels that appear to hold chrome hubcaps.

When its power-folding fabric top is up, the convertible is comparatively quiet. At up to 31 mph, the convertible’s roof can be raised in 11 seconds and lowered in 9.5 seconds. A detachable wind guard may be installed above the back seats.

Interior Overview

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Both Beetle body styles are spacious and comfortable for as many as four occupants, though a pair of adults in back might not be thrilled. Supportive front seats promise ample head, hip, and leg room.

Even in the better-bolstered R-Line, seats are satisfying for long journeys. Seat-adjustment controls are easy to access.

Retro-themed interiors, though practical and simple, exude a rather low-budget aura. In some models, the upright dashboard features bold colors. Though attractive, making use of modern digital systems, the dashboard contains sizable hard plastic surfaces.

The styling of the Beetle does not result in the most space-efficient design. The low roofline can impede head space, while a tight back seat isn’t so easy to climb into. Rear seats are narrower than those up front, and considerably shorter. With front seats normally positioned, rear leg space nearly disappears.

Long doors can be a hindrance in perpendicular parking spots. Cargo space is limited in convertibles, but trunk volume in the hatchback coupe totals an expansive 15.4 cubic feet.


New Car Test Drive

Beetles present decent value, but are short on high-tech features – which sounds like a description of the original. Even base (S) trim is well-equipped. Volkswagen offers only a handful of option packages. Certain compromises, including the snug back seat, are inevitable in vehicles that stress style over practicality.

Driving impressions by Andrew Ganz, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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Beetle S coupe ($19,995) or convertible ($24,725) comes with 1.8-liter engine, cloth seating surfaces, rearview camera, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, automatic headlights, auto-dimming mirror, 50/50 split-folding rear seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, eight-speaker audio, Bluetooth, and 5.0-inch touchscreen. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $820 destination charge.)

Beetle Classic coupe ($20,475) or convertible ($24,995) get heated front seats, cloth/leatherette seating surfaces, satellite radio, a 6.3-inch touchscreen, rear spoiler, VW Car-Net apps, and navigation.

Beetle #PinkBeetle coupe ($21,890) or convertible ($26,795) feature fuchsia/pink highlights with pink/black cloth upholstery.

Beetle 1.8T SE coupe ($22,450) or convertible ($26,750) come with 17-inch wheels, heated front seats, leatherette seating surfaces, pushbutton start, 6.3-inch touchscreen with VW’s Car-Net vehicle services apps, and satellite radio.

Beetle Dune coupe ($23,995) or convertible ($29,395) have special bumpers, foglamps, a sunroof, rear spoiler, side sills, black cladding, cloth/leatherette seating surfaces, 18-inch wheels, and parking sensors.

Beetle 1.8T SEL coupe ($25,975) or convertible ($30,275) feature 18-inch wheels, navigation, parking sensors, Fender audio, VW Car-Net Guide/Inform, automatic climate control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and a sunroof (coupe).

Beetle R-Line 2.0T SEL coupe ($32,550) holds the 2.0-liter engine and dual-clutch automatic, plus specific sport-tuned suspension, bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, Fender audio, and 20-inch wheels.

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