Santa Cruz Volkswagen Shoppers
"Love Bugs" and The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 

It seems that everyone loves the Volkswagen Beetle. This diminutive hatchback continues to please buyers at dealers like the Santa Cruz area VW dealerships, thanks to its attractive retro styling. But the VW Beetle hasn’t sold over 21 million units over the course of the last 60 years based on looks alone. The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle comes with a long list of comfort and convenience features. More importantly, it’s fun to drive.

The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle’s new 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine replaces the previous year’s 1.8-liter block. There’s a new Coast trim level this year, more standard equipment on some trim levels and some new option packages. To make owning a VW Beetle even more rewarding, the automaker doubled its warranty. Buyers can now take advantage a new 6-year/72,000-mile limited warranty.

Santa Cruz area Beetle owners are enamored with their cars, and it looks like the automotive press loves the Beetle as well. Autotrader wrote: “The Beetle is one of the few compact cars with a bit of personality, individuality and charm — and one of the least-expensive ways of owning a brand-new convertible with four seats.”

Buyers can get the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle as a two-door coupe or a soft-top convertible. Four trim levels are on offer: S, Coast, SE and Dune. Front-wheel drive is standard across the lineup. The VW Beetle is powered by a standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with direct-injection that generates 174 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. EPA-fuel economy for the S, SE and Coast trims is rated at 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.* The Dune gets 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

Beetle convertibles come with a power fabric roof, leatherette upholstery, a rear spoiler, a tonneau cover and a rear window with insulated glass. Coupes get standard 16-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake, cloth upholstery power windows, cruise control, driver height-adjustable heated front seats, 50/50 split folding rear seats, air conditioning, heated side mirrors, a rearview camera, a trip computer and Bluetooth. Audiophiles will appreciate the eight-speaker audio system with a 5-inch touchscreen, an auxiliary input and a USB port.

The Coast trim includes a sunroof (on coupe models), heated front seats, a proximity key, push-button start, houndstooth-pattern cloth seats, faux-wood dashboard trim, an infotainment system with a 6.3-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

The SE trim level comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, 17-inch alloys and keyless entry/ignition. SE coupes get a sunroof.

The top-of-the-line Dune trim comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, keyless entry/ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery, rear parking sensors, a premier Fender stereo system and exclusive styling elements. Dune coupes get a standard sunroof.

* All vehicle mileage based on 2018 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.