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2015 Volkswagen Beetle

$19,495 to $35,975
25 City - 33 Hwy

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Changes for the 2015 Volkswagen Beetle:

A new engine debuts in the 2015 Beetle TDI Clean Diesel model, making 10 extra horsepower and returning slightly better fuel economy. A value-oriented, limited-edition Beetle Classic model also joins the lineup, equipped with an automatic transmission, special interior fabric, a navigation system, and unique 17-inch “Circle” aluminum wheels in white or black.

Model Lineup:

The lovable little Volkswagen Beetle returns for 2015, offered as a 3-door hatchback (marketed as a coupe) or a 2-door convertible. Three model series are available depending on the engine choice – 1.8T, R-Line 2.0T, TDI Clean Diesel – and each can be equipped with various option packages. A limited-edition Beetle Classic model joins the lineup for 2015, adding even more retro style.

Engines and Transmissions:

The 2015 Beetle 1.8T is equipped with a turbocharged, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Importantly, this engine makes either peak torque or peak horsepower from 1,500 rpm all the way to 6,200 rpm, which means that it feels quick and responsive from nearly any speed. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard, with a 6-speed automatic optional.

A turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is installed in the Beetle R-Line 2.0T, accompanied by a sport suspension and bigger wheels. With 210 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque, and a choice between a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) automated manual transmission, the R-Line 2.0T is basically a Beetle GTI.

Beetle TDI Clean Diesel models get a new turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine making 150 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque, and paired with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed DSG.

Fuel Economy Ratings:

Mileage ratings for the Beetle 1.8T range from 27 mpg to 28 mpg in combined driving, depending on body style and transmission choice. As is expected, the more powerful Beetle R-Line 2.0T is less thrifty with fuel, rating from 25 mpg to 26 mpg.

The EPA had not announced official fuel economy estimates for the 2015 Beetle TDI Clean Diesel as this summary was written, but based on Volkswagen’s claims the version with the DSG ought to get 33 mpg in combined driving.

Regardless of engine choice, every 2015 Beetle comes with free scheduled maintenance for the first 2 years or 24,000 miles of ownership.

Safety Ratings:

In crash tests conducted by the NHTSA, the Beetle Coupe receives an overall rating of 5 stars. The Beetle Convertible was not rated as this summary was published.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Beetle Coupe a “Good” rating in most assessments, but a “Marginal” performance in the small overlap frontal impact test means the car is ineligible for a “Top Safety Pick” rating.

Technology Highlights:

Standard equipment includes Bluetooth with streaming audio capability as well as VW Car-Net services, which is free for the first six months of ownership. Car-Net offers Automatic Crash Notification, programmable speed and geo-fenced boundary alerts, roadside assistance, and more. A touchscreen audio system, premium speakers, navigation, and a keyless access system with push-button starting are available.

Written by Christian Wardlaw

August 22, 2014