2014 Volkswagen Beetle

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2014 Volkswagen Beetle
2014 Volkswagen Beetle

New For 2014

An all-new 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with direct injection replaces the long-in-the-tooth 2.5-liter I-5 engine. The top-spec R-Line model is new, replacing last year's Beetle Turbo; there's also a sportier, limited-run Beetle GSR special edition for this year. A backup camera is now included in the Sunroof, Sound, and Navigation models.

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It can be hard to revive a legend without sullying the original, but Volkswagen managed to pull it off with the Beetle. At the 1994 Detroit auto show, Volkswagen unveiled the Concept One, a bubble-shaped two-door coupe that was able to both pull on heartstrings from decades past and be twenty-first-century futuristic. The Concept One previewed what the classic VW Beetle would look like for the new century, and the 1999 Volkswagen New Beetle stayed close to the concept. We were so taken by the New Beetle that we named it our 1999 Automobile of the Year (putting it and Jerry Seinfeld on our cover) and awarded it an All-Star in 2000. The New Beetle has also been credited with starting the retro-futuristic craze of automotive design that also spawned the Chrysler PT Cruiser, the Chevrolet HHR, and the fifth-generation Ford Mustang. A convertible version of the New Beetle was added in 2003 and to this day remains Volkswagen's sole soft-top convertible offering in the U.S.
After 2010, the New Beetle was killed off, a victim of old age and diminishing sales. That sales hiatus lasted only for about a year: Volkswagen introduced the Beetle (no more "New" in the name) for the 2011 model year, which gave the New Beetle's bubble shape a few more creases and a flatter roof in hopes of "butching" up the car to appeal more to male customers without losing the Beetle's iconic looks. Both the New Beetle and the Beetle share most of their mechanicals with the Golf/Jetta models of their eras, from platform to powertrains.


The Volkswagen Beetle is based on the outgoing Golf hatchback, a car that offers a superb balance of comfort and superior driving dynamics. However, the base Beetle has been stripped of its multilink rear suspension -- instead, it has a less sophisticated torsion-beam setup in the rear that leaves some handling adeptness to be desired. Then again, it's worth remembering that the Beetle is more about style than being a hot hatchback.
Power for the base car now comes from an all-new 170-hp, 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder that Volkswagen says returns 17-percent better fuel economy than the ancient 2.5-liter five-cylinder it replaces. The diesel four-cylinder is capable of returning up to 41 mpg on the highway. The Beetle R-Line (formerly the Turbo) is almost as poised and engaging as the GTI that inspired it. Its steering weight is superb, the suspension is firmer without being jarring, and prodigious power comes from the 210-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Along with the name change, the R-Line also receives revised front and rear bumpers, R-Line badging, and special R-Line sill kickplates. The base Beetle uses a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic; the Turbo and the TDI raise the engagement factor with a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic that delivers crisp, speedy shifts.
For 2014, Volkswagen has added a limited-run Beetle GSR special edition atop the Beetle's model hierarchy. The GSR harks back to the "Yellow Black Racer" GSR Beetle of the 1970s with yellow-and-black two-tone exterior paint, unique nineteen-inch "Tornado" wheels, black-painted brake calipers, and a larger rear spoiler. Inside, the cabin is done in the same yellowjacket-like color scheme with black leather seating surfaces and contrasting yellow stitching. Other interior upgrades include a high-grip sport steering wheel, sport seats, a GSR shift lever, and a special-edition badge. Only 3500 copies will be made. Mechanically, the 2014 Beetle GSR is identical to the Beetle R-Line.
The Beetle's interior features slick body-color accents and the simple, intuitive controls that Volkswagen is known for. There's enough headroom for six-footers in the rear but only enough legroom for small children. If you're a sucker for style, the Beetle is a smart small car with substance beneath the surface.

You'll like:

  • Classic, but not comical, looks
  • Supple ride
  • True four-seat convertible

You won't like:

  • Scant rear legroom
  • Down on performance from Golf/GTI cousins
  • Poor outward visibility

Key Competitors

  • Hyundai Veloster
  • Mini Cooper
  • Nissan Juke
Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept Side Motion
It’s a long time coming considering that the first Beetle Dune concept debuted in Los Angeles in 2000, but Volkswagen will finally build a production off-road Volkswagen Beetle. Based on the Beetle Dune concept that bowed at the Detroit auto show earlier this year, the new Beetle Dune will arrive in 2016.
Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept Rear Three Quarter View In Motion
Volkswagen is mulling over putting the Beetle Dune concept into production. The VW Beetle Dune concept was overlooked by many 2014 Detroit auto show attendees (with Lake Michigan freezing and all), but VW doesn't want you to forget it exists, releasing new photos of the Baja Buggy reincarnate rolling down the road.
Volkswagen Beetle GRC Racecar Front View
Volkswagen used the 2014 Chicago auto show to announce that it would campaign modified Beetle hatchbacks in this year's Red Bull Global Rallycross championship, and today the company revealed even more details on the new race car. Drivers Tanner Foust and Scott Speed will pilot the car, which will be run by Andretti Autosport, later this season.
2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR And 1964 Porsche 356SC
Joe Montana or Tom Brady? Madonna or Lady Gaga? The first love or the new flame? It’s in our nature to look in the rearview mirror, to measure the brightness of the present against the best of the past. It’s no different with car enthusiasts. For all the areas in which automobiles have improved -- safety, performance, efficiency, reliability—they still live in the shadow of the past. The great thing about cars, though, is that we don’t have to rely solely on our memories. We’ll never know how twenty-eight-year-old Michael Jordan would have fared against twenty-eight-year-old LeBron James, but we can find well-kept classic cars—the icons that enthusiasts worship -- and pit them against their modern equivalents. That’s just what we did with these seven matchups. It’s throttle cables versus direct injection. AM radios versus infotainment screens. Old-car patina versus new-car smell. So, was it really better then?
2014 Volkswagen GRC Beetle Front Three Quarters
The Volkswagen Beetle Dune concept shown at the Detroit auto show may have been inspired by off-roaders, but at the 2014 Chicago auto show, Volkswagen is showing off a Beetle that will actually go off-road. In partnership with Andretti Autosport, both Tanner Foust and Scott Speed will pilot specialized, 560-horsepower Volkswagen Beetles in the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship.

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2014 Volkswagen Beetle Specifications

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1.8L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
22 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
31 MPG
170 hp @ 6200rpm
184 ft lb of torque @ 1500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)

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