Pricing for the 2018 Beetle starts at $21,070 for an S coupe and, skipping over the Coast and SE models, tops out at $32,940 for a Dune convertible. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine fitted with a six-speed automatic with a manual Tiptronic mode is hte only powertrain offering.
Even the S model comes with the usual power features as well as 16-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a five-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, a rear spoiler, and an impressive six-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is standard on Coast and SE trims, and front and rear parking sensors are optional on the SE and standard on the Dune. Showing its age, advanced safety systems like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking aren't offered on the Beetle.
For ultimate value, we'd pick the base S and toss in the Style & Comfort Package that, in addition to other bits, adds a larger touchscreen and easier-to-maintain leatherette seats that are heated up front. Here's how it'd look:
- Model: 2018 Volkswagen Beetle S
- Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
- Output: 174 hp / 184 lb-ft
- Transmission: Six-speed automatic
- Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
- Fuel Economy: 26 City / 34 Hwy
- Options: Style and Comfort Package ($1,475, leatherette seating, keyless push-button start, 6.3-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, 17-inch alloy wheels, body-color side sills, door handles and heated door mirrors with integrated turn signals, automatic headlights, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and rain-sensing wipers).
- Base Price: $21,070 (including the $850 destination charge)
- Best Value Price: $22,545