2018 Beetle Adds Engine Update, Coast Model

The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle carries on the tradition of the ever-popular car with enhanced power and the addition of a special Beetle Coast model, which features a unique Deep Sea Teal color, surfboard wood-look dash pad, houndstooth Monster Mats and several tech features that are optional on other models.

Under the Hood

All 2018 Beetles are powered by a new turbocharged 2-liter, four-cylinder engine with 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.

An automatic transmission with Tiptronic manual shifting is standard in all 2018 Volkswagen Beetles.

Comfort and Convenience

An homage to the classic Beetle is the kaeferfach — beetle box — included on well-equipped models above the glove box that opens upward and provides handy storage.

A rearview camera, power windows with one-touch up/down functionality and leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard on all models. Interior options include a panoramic sunroof and leatherette seats.

Volkswagen’s MIB II infotainment system is the star of the vehicle’s technology features. It works with Volkswagen’s Car-Net vehicle services program as well as syncing with smartphones for hands-free voice calls, audio streaming and mobile app integration handled through the audio system and touchscreen display, which has a 6.3-inch diagonal measurement on well-equipped models.

VW Car-Net services are optional and include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink for enhanced and more streamlined connectivity with smartphones.

The available navigation system offers 2.5D rendering and turn-by-turn navigation with voice commands and predictive auto-complete.


Volkswagen designers kept safety as the top priority when building the 2018 Beetle. A full set of airbags works with three-point seat belts at all seating locations to protect occupants in the event of a collision.

Antilock disc brakes with brake assist help stop the vehicle quickly, and the traction/stability control systems work to keep it on the driver’s intended course.

Another standard feature is the automatic post-collision braking system, which prevents one collision from turning into multiple ones by applying brake pressure upon sensing a crash, keeping the vehicle from powering forward for a second impact.

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