2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

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2018 MODEL

$25,440 - $32,090

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Detailed Review

Carrying more than half a century of reputation and expectation, the Volkswagen Beetle has been able to capture the minds and hearts of car lover's world over for decades due to its innovation and iconic craftsmanship. The Beetle drop-top, first released in 2017 comes with an impressive styling along with a new turbocharged engine for its newer variant.

Depending upon the choice of trims the Beetle drop-top comes with a price range of $25,440- $32,090. Just like it's previous avatar the convertible has a 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque but it gets a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes it more fuel efficient.

A Mini or Mazda MX5 will certainly be a sharper car to drive but Beetle's engine would give you no chance to complain. The stylish interior design coupled with a better ride quality would definitely be worth every penny spent on it. However, the cargo space and limited rear visibility could be a downside but based on its objective merits it still stands as a good option for those looking to buy convertibles.


7.9/10
Features

 

6.9/10
Engine

 

7.9/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Interior

 

6.9/10
Exterior

 

7.8/10
Safety

 
 
 

Depending upon the choice of trims the Beetle drop-top comes with a price range of $25,440- $32,090. Just like it’s previous avatar the convertible has a 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque but it gets a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes it more fuel efficient.

A Mini or Mazda MX5 will certainly be a sharper car to drive but Beetle’s engine would give you no chance to complain. The stylish interior design coupled with a better ride quality would definitely be worth every penny spent on it. However, the cargo space and limited rear visibility could be a downside but based on its objective merits it still stands as a good option for those looking to buy convertibles.

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Features

7.9/10

The 2018 model of Volkswagen Beetle comes in four different trim levels: S, Coast, SE and Dune. They all have 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and the standard power-operated soft-top but Dune boasts of a slightly raised suspension for more ground clearance. The special- edition Coast trim has a sunroof, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert systems and special design elements The Beetle SE boasts VW Car-Net Security and Service, Discover Media, Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems.

Trims S S with style and comfort Coast SE Dune
MSRP $25,440 $26,395 $26,840 $28,040 $32,090
Features

Composition Color touchscreen sound system

Heated front seats

Rear View Camera System

Composition Media 6.3″ touchscreen sound system

Automatic headlights

17″ Philadelphia alloy wheels

Surfboard-look appearance dashboard

Pepita cloth seating surfaces

Keyless access with push-button start

Climatronic dual-zone automatic climate control

Keyless access with push-button start

Blind Spot Monitor

Dune front and rear unique bumpers

Bi-Xenon headlights

18″ Canyon alloy wheels

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The Base S with the Style and Comfort Package would be a wise choice as the rolling happy face of Beetle convertible gets you a host of desirable equipment, including an upgraded tech interface that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If you are attracted to the max Beetle style and stylish add-ons of the Beetle then the new tasteful Coast Edition could be worth a look since it features a wealth of premium traits.

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Engine

6.9/10

What hasn’t changed is the Beetle’s suspension setup that we found to be fairly soft, but also ready for medium corner challenges. Convertibles are slightly heavier, and Dune models are a little taller without actually adding any four-wheeling capability, but none of them spoil the Beetle’s moderate fun.

Engine and Transmission

The folks at VW especially designed the turbo to deliver the most power and fun while being as efficient as possible. The Volkswagen Beetle Convertible uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and Sport mode, which gives you the flexibility to choose your style of driving and add a little more attitude-The Car Connection

Model Volkswagen Beetle convertible Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport Buick Cascada Audi A3 Cabriolet (Premium)
MSRP $25,440 $25,295 $33,990 $38,350
Engine 2.0L Turbo inline 4-cylinder 2.0L SKYACTIV-G DOHC 16-Valve I4 1.6L 4-cylinder Turbo 2.0L TFSI 4-cylinder
Transmission 6-speed Automatic 6-Speed manual 6-speed Automatic 7-speed Automatic
Power 174 hp 155 hp 200 hp 186 hp
Torque 184 lb-ft 148 lb-ft 207 lb-ft 221 lb-ft

Acceleration

While maintaining the Jetta platform VW has upgraded the engine but the newer 2.0-liter turbo engine still carries the same output as its 1.8-liter predecessor. Mazda, on the other hand, has a new improved engine which swiftly catches up to 60 mph within 5.6 seconds thanks to its higher power output and all-wheel drive.

Models Volkswagen Beetle convertible Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport Buick Cascada Audi A3 Cabriolet(Premium)
0-60 MPH 6.4 sec 5.6 sec 8.3 sec 6.9 sec
Quarter mile 15.7 sec 14.5 sec 16.5 sec 15.5 sec
Engine 2.0L 2.0L 1.6L 2.0L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 6.0 6.0 7.4 6.3

Ride and Handling

Beetle feels more controllable at highway speeds than its counterparts and requires a bit heavier steering effort, but it feels quite light when maneuvering at low speeds. The drop top's thin-rimmed steering wheel feels a little flimsy.

The Dune’s raised suspension feels nice riding around town, but around tight corners, there’s a noticeable amount of body roll. Beetle wouldn’t be able to truly engage you as Mazda or Buick Cascada as it lacks the sharp drive quality.

Braking

The 2018 Beetle convertible has brakes that match its acceleration. The brake pedal provides you a smooth and progressive feel that is very easy to manage and control as it very easily comes to halt from 60-0 MPH in 178 feet. Almost every VW including the beetle is fitted with Autonomous Emergency Braking system for drivers who want it, and this comes paired with the Forward Collision Warning feature as well. The Mazda provides an optional all-wheel drive across the line-up which reacts quickly in slippery condition providing extra grip at rear wheels.

Model Volkswagen Beetle convertible Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport Buick Cascada Audi A3 Cabriolet(Premium)
Brake Front(in) 11.3 124 12.6 12.3
Brake Rear(in) 10.7 11.0 11.5 10.7
Curb weight(lbs) 3225 2332 3979 3439
60-0 MPH (ft.) 120 11.0 124 109

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Fuel Economy

7.9/10

The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle drop-top is able to attain an estimated fuel economy of 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. With the help of its 14.5-gallon fuel tank, the Beetle can cover up to 478.5 highway miles (driving range may vary due to your driving style, elevations encountered, and current temperatures/weather conditions).

With a combined economy of 29 mpg, both Beetle and Mazda are at the top in the efficiency barrel but Buick remains at the bottom with 24 mpg. The rest of the pack puts up a decent number too.

Model Volkswagen Beetle convertible Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport Buick Cascada Audi A3 Cabriolet(Premium)
MPG (city) 26 26 21 25
MPG (highway) 34 33 29 33
MPG (combined) 29 29 24 28

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Interior

7.5/10

The Beetle is bigger and generally easier to use than its few competitors. Its roof is also high enough for a pair of tall adults in the front. Visibility out the back is hampered by a small window surrounded by the convertible top-Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The 2018 Beetle convertible can perhaps be called one of the most comfortable and refined small convertibles. The premium designed seat quality hugs you without being oppressive and the suspension dispatches road imperfections without transmitting any harshness to the driver. Compared to its peers Beetle is bigger and generally easier to drive but the car’s rear visibility is hampered by a small window surrounded by the convertible top.

The seat bottom of Beetle is not long enough to provide taller drivers with outstanding thigh support. Otherwise, the seats feel supportive and comfortable, added with the cloth upholstery which offers good cushioning. In this class Adjustable lumbar support isn’t standard, so we’re glad that the Beetle offers it.

Model Volkswagen Beetle convertible Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport Buick Cascada Audi A3 Cabriolet(Premium)
Passenger capacity 4 2 4 4
Passenger Volume (ft cube) 81.4 N/A 82 79
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.3/55.3/41.3 37.4/52.2/43.1 37.8/54.6/42.2 37.4/54.8/41.2
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.6/43.1/31.4 N/A 36.1/45.8/32.8 36.6/45.7/31.9

Trunk volume

The scaled down 7.1-cubic-foot trunk has a very small, upright opening suitable for a couple of bags but nothing more than that. Unfortunately, the top-hinged trunk hatch makes loading and unloading a bit awkward. Although very narrow pass-through behind the rear seats can help with longer items.

The feint door nets can be called a very poor substitute for actual cubbies, and the armrest bin doesn’t hold much. Although you can find a good amount of space under the center stack. Also, there isn’t a lot of space for your personal items in the cabin. But it’s the case with almost every comparably sized or prized drop-top as they suffer from compromised trunk space.

Model Volkswagen Beetle convertible Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport Buick Cascada Audi A3 Cabriolet(Premium)
Volume Top Up (ft. cube) N/A N/A 13.4 9.9
Volume Top Down (ft. cube) 7.1 4.6 9.8 7.1

Interior Features

  • Heated mirrors
  • Height-adjustable front seats
  • An eight-speaker sound system that includes a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack and a media player interface.
  • Composition color 5-inch touchscreen interface
  • Car-Net-App-Connect (Android Auto and Apple Car Play)
  • A composition media 6.3 touchscreen and an auto-dimming rearview mirror in the S style
  • VW Car-Net Security & Service emergency communication system
  • Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems.
  • Fender audio system and the Discover Media 6.3-inch touch screen which adds a navigation system to the Composition Media system

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Exterior

6.9/10

The coupe and convertible have been macho’d up since the last-generation Beetle. The roof is a little sleeker and the profile is a little less rounded, but all the hallmarks are there: rounded fenders and headlights, hatchback and slugbug. The Dune takes risks that we don’t think were necessary. Its taller ride height and unique paint colors are a niche within a niche-The Car Connection

Dimension and weight

One of the most attractive thing about the new Beetle convertible is that it is lighter and has an overall length of 168.4 inches only next to the Buick Cascada. However, Beetle is much more manageable than its competitors. Its well-designed wheelbase improves driving dynamics and also gives the rider extra ground clearance while approaching steep slopes. Comparatively, it has more ground clearance than Mazda and Buick and only lags behind the Audi Cabriolet which has a ground clearance of 6.4 inches.

Model Volkswagen Beetle convertible Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport Buick Cascada Audi A3 Cabriolet(Premium)
curb weight(lbs) 3225 2332 3979 3439
Length (in) 168.4 154.1 184.9 174.3
Width(in) 71.2 68.3 79.5 77.2
Height(in) 59.1 48.6 56.8 55.5
Ground clearance(in) 5.9 4.9 5.7 6.4
Wheelbase(in) 100.0 90.9 106.1 102.2
Track width(in) F/R 62.1/61.2 58.9/59.2 62.5/62.5 61.2/60.1

Exterior Features

  • 16-inch alloy wheel; 18 inches in SE
  • LED running lights
  • Separate boot cover for the lowered roof
  • Automatic headlights and wipers
  • Extra body-color exterior trim, keyless ignition, and entry
  • Bi-Xenon headlights and LED taillights
  • Wider track and exterior design elements in Beetle SE

 

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Safety

7.8/10

Just like any other VW’s products Beetle too is crowned with various safety features. It’s front and rear crumple zones help absorb crash energy and a rigid safety cage helps deflect it away from the driver and passengers. During any mishap or collision, it deploys the airbags and the ICRS turns off the fuel pump, unlock the doors, and activate the hazard lights.

It helps the passenger react if you might not be able to do so. It’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking System can help slow the vehicle down after a collision, helping reduce the chance of any additional impact on the occupants.

  • StabiliTrak stability control system
  • Automated rollover pop-up bars high-strength steel, located behind rear seats
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps Front airbags 
  • Seat-mounted side-impact airbags
  •  Knee airbags for the driver and front passenger 
  • Knee airbags for the driver and front passenger with the safety belt system
  • Airbag front Passenger Sensing System
  • Rear Park Assist Rear Vision Camera
  • Trunk emergency release handle
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System Horn, dual-note high and low

 

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Competition

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Vs Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

Mazda gives a tough competition to Beetle as it can be extremely fun and engaging to drive even at low speeds. It is one of the most fuel-efficient cars with a reasonable price tag. Its manual soft top is easy to lower or close quickly. But just like any other convertible it has some noticeable downsides too. Mazda has very limited stretch room inside, even for an average size occupant. Unlike the Beetle its cabin gets fairly loud at highway speeds even with the top up. You can also feel the body roll during aggressive cornering.

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Vs Buick Cascada

The Cascada variant of Buick has a very sleek design which makes it very attractive along with plenty of features which it offers on the base model for the same price. Buick has an edge over Beetle drop top as it has a large trunk for a convertible if you can forgo being able to lower the top. It also offers plenty of features given its price range. The overcomplicated button layout and the user interface are not so amusing though. It’s weight drastically hampers its handling and fuel economy which makes it lag behind the VW’s bug. You’ll have to bear with Cascada’s poor acceleration especially when compared to its competitors.

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Vs Audi A3 Cabriolet(Premium)

One of the best features of Audi’s Cabriolet version is its fast folding roofs, which comes very handy if you are living in an area with unpredictable weather conditions. It is quite spacious than its older variants and also boasts of powerful economic engines. On the downside it comes with a very high price tag compared to the Beetle. It’s cramped rear seats can be a bit annoying for the occupants. It’s also not as fun as a BMW 2 series.

 

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Final Verdict

Beetle, with production spanning an incredible 65 years and with more than 21 million sold makes it the most populous automobile the earth has ever known. The Beetle drop top with a charming slice of whimsy and an affordable retro price tag has also been able to satisfy the hunger of consumers with its modest 170 horsepower engine and 184 lb.-ft. of torque in a turbine-smooth and quiet rush.

Volkswagen Beetle’s smooth automatic system surges forward with little fuss from any speed. The classic’s interior feels premium with its world-class craftsmanship. Its ride is plush and handling up to VW standards. Although its limited secure interior storage, poor rearward visibility coupled with awkward cargo hatch doesn’t make it the best convertible out there. But with its size, refinement, power and the flamboyant looks will certainly generate more waves, smiles, stares, and compliments than anything.

Pros

User-friendly interior features

Upscale interior

Powerful engine

Cons

Poor fuel efficiency

Not as sporty as some rivals

High base price

Few safety features

What's New?

A standard 2-liter engine

A 6-year warranty

R-Line, Classic, and SEL trims discontinued

New Coast trim with surfboard-inspired wood-look dash pad added


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25440

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

top speed

118 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu. in.

horsepower

174 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

184 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

10.7 in. four-wheel disc brakes/11.3 in.four-wheel disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

100 in.

length

168.8 in.

width

71.9 in.

height

58 in.

curb weight

3219 lbs.

ground clearance

5.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

81.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

7.1 cu ft.

payload capacity

761 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.9 sec.

zero to 100 mph

22.7 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

8.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/29/33 mpg

highway range

478.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

6 years/72000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/72000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible in Pure White color  2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible in sandstorm Yellow Metallic color  2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible in Habanero Orange Metallic color  2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible in Silk Blue Metallic color
Pure White

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Ratings

Features

7.9

Engine

6.9

Fuel Economy

7.9

Interior

7.5

Exterior

6.9

Safety

7.8

Comfort

5.8

Driving

8.0

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 2.0T S

2.0T S

power
174 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$25,440


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0T S 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $25,440 MSRP (26/29/33) 174 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 4   Tornado Red
  White
  sandstorm Yellow Metallic
  Silk Blue Metallic
  Habanero Orange Metallic
  Pure White

 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 2.0T Coast

2.0T Coast

power
174 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$26,840


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0T Coast 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $26,840 MSRP (26/29/33) 174 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 4   Tornado Red
  White
  sandstorm Yellow Metallic
  Silk Blue Metallic
  Habanero Orange Metallic
  Pure White

 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 2.0T SE

2.0T SE

power
174 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$28,040


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0T SE 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $28,040 MSRP (26/29/33) 174 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 4   Tornado Red
  White
  sandstorm Yellow Metallic
  Silk Blue Metallic
  Habanero Orange Metallic
  Pure White

 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 2.0 T Dune

2.0 T Dune

power
174 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$32,090


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0 T Dune 2dr Convertible(2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $32,090 MSRP (26/29/34) 174 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 4   Tornado Red
  White
  sandstorm Yellow Metallic
  Silk Blue Metallic
  Habanero Orange Metallic
  Pure White