The first Volkswagen Beetle arrived in the United States in 1949, and quickly became a cultural touchstone for an entire generation. Nearly seven decades later, the Beetle is one of the most iconic cars in the world. The third generation Beetle is modernized with 21st century conveniences, while holding on to its rich heritage.
The 2018 Beetle is offered with a standard automatic transmission with Tiptronic® in four trims—S, Coast, SE, and Dune. All 2018 Beetle models, both convertible and coupe, are powered by Volkswagen’s most advanced EA888 engine ever. The new 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged, direct-injection TSI® engine boosts horsepower in the 2018 Beetle to 174 hp, and the EPA-estimated fuel economy rating is 26 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined for S, SE and Coast models. Beetle Dune models have EPA-estimated fuel economy of 26/34/29 respectively.
The Beetle S is available with a new Style & Comfort Package that offers a 6.3-inch Composition Media touchscreen infotainment display; SiriusXM® satellite radio; Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect; Voice Control; KESSY® keyless access with push-button start; heated leatherette seats with lumbar adjustment; 17-inch “Philadelphia” aluminum-alloy wheels; body-color side sills and door handles; body-color door mirrors with integrated turn signals in mirrors; automatic headlights; auto-dimming rearview mirror; and rain-sensing wipers.
The new Beetle Coast model enters the lineup for model year 2018 as a special model and is based off the S trim. The model features a unique Deep Sea Teal exterior color option, a surfboard wood-look dashpad, cloth seating surfaces in “Pepita” houndstooth, Monster Mats®, scuff plates, and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert. An available Lighting Package includes Bi-Xenon® headlights; LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs); LED taillights; and LED license plate lights.
The Beetle SE gains several premium features as standard for model year 2018. These include Climatronic® dual-zone automatic climate control; exterior chrome trim on the lower window; and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert. For added luxury, a new Premium Package is available for the SE, offering 18-inch “Disc” aluminum-alloy wheels; front and rear Park Distance Control (ParkPilot); a 6.3-inch Discover Media touchscreen infotainment and navigation display; Fender® Premium Audio System; Bi-Xenon headlights; LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs); LED taillights; LED license plate lights; and fog lights.
The Beetle Dune receives Bi-Xenon headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs); LED license plate lights; Climatronic dual-zone automatic climate control; Fender® Premium Audio System; and KESSY keyless access with push-button start as standard for 2018.
For the 2018 model year, Volkswagen Beetle models in the United States will come with the People First Warranty, a six-year or 72,000-mile (whichever occurs first) bumper-to-bumper New Vehicle Limited Warranty, which can be transferred to subsequent owners throughout its duration.