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2017 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 1.8T S Auto

1.8T S Auto

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Price with options: $24,725

MSRP: $24,725

Base Invoice: $23,737

Body Style

Convertible

MPG

City: 24 - Hwy: 33

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Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 1.8T S Auto

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2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Pros

The Volkswagen Beetle returns for 2016 with several notable changes. A new value model, the 1.8T S, enters the lineup. A 1.8T SE replaces the base 1.8T from last year, and a new naming convention simplifies things, with 1.8T models now labeled S, SE, and SEL, while R-Line 2.0 models are now SE and SEL. A new lighting package includes bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and an LED rear license plate light. A new infotainment system with upgraded touchscreen is standard across the lineup, while VW Car-Net App-Connect comes on all but the base Beetle.

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Model Highlights

Volkswagen went way back to the drawing board with its reimagining of the current Beetle. The Beetle draws its inspiration from the original Beetle that was made from 1938 through the 1970s. The modern Beetle is almost certainly better in every way -- it features a lower, flatter roofline and a more aggressive stance. The engine is now up front, reflecting modern car design. Overall dimensions have grown, which translates to more interior room for passengers. Those passengers get a combination of retro simplicity in the gauge layout, elegance in the quality of cabin materials, and great technology in the available gizmos and gadgets.

The Beetle comes in two basic models -- 1.8T and R-Line 2.0T. The base model utilizes a 170-horsepower, 1.8L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine driving the front wheels through a standard 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. It is offered in S, SE, and SEL trim levels. The R-Line 2.0T delivers 210 horsepower from a 2.0L direct-injected and turbocharged 4-cylinder. It is available with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic.

The Beetle shares its underpinnings with the Jetta, which includes front struts and a rear multi-link setup. Steering will feel very familiar to those who have driven previous modern Beetles, though the driving experience has changed significantly, thanks to the revised A-pillar angle and accordingly, the abbreviated dashboard, bringing the driver closer to the action.

A convertible version gets a power-folding fabric top. The top folds in 9.5 seconds and will operate at vehicle speeds up to 30 mph. Convertibles feature the same engine and transmission lineups as the coupe, and the modest weight increase barely hinders performance.

Base S trims come nicely equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and automatic headlights. Inside there's an auto-dimming mirror, cloth seats with front lumbar support, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake, a 50/50 split-fold rear seat, and a five-inch MIB II touchscreen radio with USB. The SE trim includes 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, VW Car-Net App-Connect and a 6.3-inch touchscreen. Finally SEL trims feature 18-inch wheels, keyless entry and ignition, navigation, a powered panoramic sunroof, and a blind-spot warning system.

The 2.0L Beetles come in R-Line trims. The R-Line SE gets 18-inch machined alloy wheels and a sport-tuned suspension, heated power-adjustable mirrors, a lip spoiler, the Car-Net system, fabric seat trim and carbon-fiber look instrument panel accents. A Fender premium sound system is also standard. The R-Line SEL adds 19-inch wheels, automatic headlights with LED running lights and leather upholstery.

A special model for 2016 is the Beetle Dune, which features the 1.8T engine, special exterior paint and seating surfaces, parking assist, and much of the rest of the SE standard features.

Safety comes standard as well in all 2016 Beetles, with anti-lock brakes, dual front airbags and combined curtain and side front seat airbags.

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Model News

With an aggressive design, spacious interior, and two refined, efficient engines, the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle offers a fresh alternative for buyers shopping around for a cool compact. With regards to features, performance and price, the Beetle holds its own against the likes of the MINI Cooper and FIAT 500, with a lower price than the MINI and more practical interior than the FIAT.

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Value Writeup

Aggressive styling; practical and spacious interior; sporty turbo performance; plenty of in-cabin entertainment options; convertible available

Brakes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )  
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.3
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)  
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0? F (Primary) 330
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140
Engine
Displacement 1.8 L/110
Engine Order Code  
Engine Type Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 170 @ 4800
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 184 @ 1500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (N/A) 28
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link
Transmission
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.85
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.23
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.46
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.14
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.19
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.51
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.67
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.56
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD
Trans Description Cont. Again  
Trans Order Code  
Trans Type 6
Vehicle
EPA Classification Subcompact Cars
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3225
ENTERTAINMENT
1 LCD Monitor In The Front
Audio Theft Deterrent
Radio w/Seek-Scan, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls, Radio Data System and External Memory Control
Radio: AM/FM 5" Touchscreen w/CD Player -inc: Composition Color, USB, aux-in, 8-speaker sound system and Bluetooth connectivity
Window Grid Diversity Antenna
Wireless Streaming
EXTERIOR
Body-Colored Bodyside Moldings
Body-Colored Door Handles
Body-Colored Front Bumper
Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
Body-Colored Rear Bumper
Chrome Side Windows Trim
Clearcoat Paint
Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
Light Tinted Glass
Lip Spoiler
Power Convertible Top w/Lining, Glass Rear Window and Automatic Roll-Over Protection
Steel Spare Wheel
Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
Tires: 16" AS
Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
Wheels w/Silver Accents
Wheels: 16" Whirl Alloy
INTERIOR
2 12V DC Power Outlets
2 Seatback Storage Pockets
50-50 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
6-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
Air Filtration
Analog Display
Cargo Space Lights
Carpet Floor Trim
Cruise Control
Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Delayed Accessory Power
Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
Driver Foot Rest
Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
Front And Rear Map Lights
Front Center Armrest w/Storage
Front Cupholder
Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
Full Cloth Headliner
Full Floor Console w/Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
Heated Front Comfort Seats -inc: manually adjustable front seats w/manual lumbar support and easy entry
HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
Immobilizer III Engine Immobilizer
Interior Trim -inc: Body-Colored Instrument Panel Insert, Body-Colored Door Panel Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
kaeferfach Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Dashboard Storage, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
Leather Gear Shift Knob
Leather Steering Wheel
Locking Glove Box
Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
Manual Air Conditioning
Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
Outside Temp Gauge
Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
Power Rear Windows
Rear Cupholder
Redundant Digital Speedometer
Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
Rigid Cargo Cover
Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
Trip Computer
V-Tex Leatherette Seating Surfaces
Valet Function
MECHANICAL
14.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
140 Amp Alternator
3.23 Axle Ratio
4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
4101# Gvwr 818# Maximum Payload
60-Amp/Hr 330CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
Engine Oil Cooler
Engine: 1.8L TSI 170 HP DOHC 16V Turbo 4-Cylinder -inc: direct injection
Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
Front-Wheel Drive
Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic w/Tiptronic -inc: sport mode
SAFETY
ABS And Driveline Traction Control
Airbag Occupancy Sensor
Back-Up Camera
Driver And Passenger Side Airbag Head Extension
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Low Tire Pressure Warning
Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
Side Impact Beams