2018 Volkswagen Beetle
Why Buy a 2018 Volkswagen Beetle?
Few other cars are as iconic as the Volkswagen Beetle. If you’re reading this, you’re probably already a fan of the Beetle’s spunky looks and long Herbie-honeyed history. The biggest draw of the 2018 model is the new 2.0-liter turbo-four engine which replaces the old 1.8-liter unit, making the Beetle sportier than ever.
Which VW Beetle Model is Best?
The answer to which model is best depends on your VW Beetle needs. If you want more power and torque to make your VW as sporty as possible, grab the R-Line Beetle with 210 horsepower and six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. If you want to cruise down to the beach with the top down, pick up the convertible Coast or Dune specialty trims.
The base Beetle trim comes with 5-inch touchscreen, a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, automatic headlights, and a rear spoiler. As you progress through the SE and SEL trims, the wheels get bigger and the features multiply. Get the SE if you want Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with a bigger touchscreen and leatherette upholstery. Springing for the SEL throws in a sunroof, navigation, and a couple of active safety features.
Is the Volkswagen Beetle Manual or Automatic?
It’s mostly automatic but with a hint of manual thrown in. Volkswagen did away with the Beetle’s manual transmission option in 2017. Instead you get Tiptronic technology, that allows you to flip a switch to suppress the automatic transmission’s computer to create a manual driving experience. But, with a responsive six-speed automatic transmission, you might find the Beetle shifts gears like a pro all on its own.
How Has the VW Beetle Changed Over the Years?
The VW Beetle, first designed almost 80 years ago, is the longest-running and most-manufactured vehicle of a single platform ever. It first hit the U.S. in 1949 and has been sold on the American market every year since, with the exception of most of the 1980s and 1990s. When the New Beetle debuted in 1997, the new model mixed the old and the new. Though the New Beetle is obviously based on the look of the original, the biggest change was transforming the rear-wheel drive, rear-located boxer engine car to a front-wheel drive, front-located engine. Compared to most other cars, the Beetle is actually resistant to change. Some critics see that as a flaw, but for Beetle enthusiasts, the Beetle’s consistency is one of its charms.