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2015 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback - Overview

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Overview

What's New for 2015:

  • Newly available turbo-diesel engine for TDI models
  • Entry-level Classic trim level debuts
  • GSR trim level discontinued
  • Reduced Carefree Maintenance coverage

Introduction
The 2015 Volkswagen Beetle is a modern interpretation of an automotive icon, a compact coupe and convertible equipped with retro styling inspired by the original Beetle. Competitors include the Fiat 500, Hyundai Veloster, Jeep Renegade, Mini Cooper, Nissan Juke, and Scion tC.

Models and Features
Volkswagen offers three different engines for the 2015 Beetle, creating three different model series: 1.8T, TDI, and R-Line 2.0T.

The new Beetle Classic is a limited-production member of the 1.8T lineup, equipped with special 17-in. aluminum wheels designed to look like those on classic Beetles of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Offered only in black, silver, and white with checked cloth seats featuring brown leatherette trim, the Beetle Classic comes with a standard automatic transmission, navigation system, satellite radio, and upgraded interior trim at a low price.

The Beetle TDI adds a turbo-diesel engine plus a standard premium touch-screen radio with satellite radio, keyless access and push-button engine starting, upgraded interior materials, and extra chrome trim. The R-Line 2.0T is the performance-oriented Beetle, equipped with a sport-tuned suspension, 18-in. aluminum wheels, sport-bolstered front seats, and unique styling details inside and out.

Within each model series, buyers can select option packages that upgrade the Beetle with features such as a premium audio system with Fender speakers, navigation system, leather seats, keyless access and engine starting, power panoramic sunroof, bi-xenon headlights with LED running lights, and larger aluminum wheels.

Under the Hood
A turbocharged, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the 2015 Beetle 1.8T, rated to make 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Importantly, the engine's power curve is broad with peak torque or horsepower available from 1,500 rpm to near redline. This engine is paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The Beetle TDI gets a new, turbocharged, 2.0-liter, diesel 4-cylinder engine for 2015, one making 150 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. Here, too, the spread of torque and horsepower is generous, though its power curve inhabits the lower portion of the tachometer. A 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automated manual transmission called a Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) is available in the Beetle TDI.

The R-Line 2.0T version of the 2015 Beetle has a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 210 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. Again, the power is spread broadly across the rev range, managed by a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed DSG.

Volkswagen continues to provide Carefree Maintenance for the Beetle but has reduced coverage to 1 year or 10,000 miles.

Fuel Economy
Depending on body style and transmission choice, the Beetle 1.8T is EPA-rated to get from a low of 24 mpg in the city to a high of 33 mpg on the highway. Choose the Beetle R-Line 2.0T and buyers can expect a minimum of 23 mpg in the city and a maximum of 31 mpg on the highway.

To maximize fuel economy, get the Beetle TDI. This turbo-diesel version is rated to return, at minimum, 30 mpg in the city and as much as 41 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Technology
The 2015 Beetle includes Car-Net smartphone pairing and services technology as standard equipment, and a 6-month subscription is free with the purchase of the car. After that, buyers need to pay for the subscription to service.

Among Car-Net's features are emergency SOS calling and an automatic crash-notification system that automatically alerts authorities when the Beetle has been involved in a collision. Additionally, Car-Net allows the parent of a teen driver to set speed and boundary alerts through the Family Guardian program, the system sending Mom or Dad a text message letting them know the Beetle has exceeded a certain speed or has driven beyond a certain geographic region. Car-Net even includes a Last Parked Location feature to help an owner find the Beetle in a crowded parking lot.

Available Trims for the 2015 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
1.8T Entry 6 speed automatic $0 170-hp / 1.8L 4-cyl 25/33
Classic 6 speed automatic $20,195 170-hp / 1.8L 4-cyl 25/33
1.8T 5 speed manual $20,470 170-hp / 1.8L 4-cyl 24/33
TDI 6 speed manual $24,795 150-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl 31/41
2.0T R-Line 6 speed manual $25,195 210-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl 23/31

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