2015 Volkswagen Beetle Classic

Pros: Unique retro looks; good build quality; availability of economical diesel engine; peppy acceleration; availability of slick, stylish convertible body style

Cons: Swoopy styling takes precedence over ergonomics; pricier than similarly equipped Golfs and Jettas; cramped back seat

CG Says: For 2015, Volkswagen’s iconic retro-style hatchback and convertible get a new Classic trim level and TDI models get a new, more economical 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine. This Beetle is just as style-driven as the New Beetle was, but it’s also more practical in everyday terms, feels more substantial, and is arguably better to drive. Trouble is, it costs a fair bit more than a comparably equipped version of the related Golf or Jetta, which offer many of the same virtues, plus far better rear-seat and cargo room. So what we have here is another nostalgia trip that makes sense if you love the styling, can accept the compromises that go with it, and are willing to pay for the privilege.

The Facts
Class Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door hatchback coupe, 2-door convertible
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices 1.8T Classic coupe: $20,195
1.8T coupe: $20,695
1.8T convertible: $25,595
1.8T Classic convertible: $25,995
TDI coupe: $24,795
TDI convertible: $29,095
R-Line coupe: $25,450
R-Line convertible: $29,895

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
170
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
24-25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32-33

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (R-Line)
Horsepower
210
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automated manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
23-24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-31

Optional Engine
turbodiesel 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
150
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automated manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
31
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
41

BeetleTDI
2015 Volkswagen Beetle TDI
Beetle RLine Convertible
2015 Volkswagen Beetle R-Line convertible