2018 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2017 Volkswagen Beetle

When the Volkswagen Type 1 / Beetle was born in 1938, it was the original people's car. It was fast, dependable, and – most importantly – affordable. Eighty years later, the Volkswagen Beetle is still on the road. It still retains its unique rounded shape, but it undergoes tweaks and changes every few years to keep it relevant for modern drivers (one of the most notable changes was moving the engine from the rear to the front in 1997 with the New Beetle model). The Volkswagen Beetle even underwent some changes for the 2018 model year. One of these changes is a slightly larger engine that offers a sportier ride while attaining a more optimal city-driving fuel economy. Check out the specs below:

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2018 Volkswagen Beetle VS 2017 Volkswagen Beetle
2.0L TSI 4-cylinder  Engine 1.8L turbo 4-cylinder
174  Horsepower 170
184 lb.-ft.  Torque 184 lb.-ft.
26 mpg-city / 33 mpg-highway  Fuel Economy 24 mpg-city / 33 mpg-highway

New Color Options and Special Edition Models of the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle

Another change for the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle was a slight tweak in the color options. The Dark Bronze Metallic and the Fresh Fuchsia Metallic hues that were available for the 2017 model have been discontinued. However, Volkswagen is offering an all-new color option that is exclusive to its special edition 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Coast model. The hue is called "Deep Sea Teal Metallic" and it is gorgeous – it reminds us of the tranquil ocean that we are lucky to enjoy on the Jersey Shore, along with the sea glass that we love hunting for. The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Coast also comes with a surfboard-inspired dashboard, Pepita-cloth seating, and a panoramic sunroof.

Additionally, the Beetle Dune model is once again available for 2018 and is outfitted in a Sandstorm Yellow Metallic hue.

Other colors available for the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle include Tornado Red, Habanero Orange Metallic, Bottle Green Metallic, Silk Blue Metallic, Pure White, White Silver Metallic, Platinum Gray Metallic, and Deep Black Pearl. Check out our special "2018 Volkswagen Beetle Color Options" blog post to see photos of each hue!

To learn more about the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle, please visit us here at Douglas Volkswagen.

Sunrise/sunset as seen through the rear window and sunroof of the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle
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Front cockpit and steering wheel of the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle
Steering wheel of the #PinkBeetle from the 2017 model year

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