The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle: Full of Charm and Personality
Although the original Volkswagen Beetle hit the German market in the 1930s, it was not until 1950 that U.S. consumers had their first chance to fall in love with this amazing little car. Today, the retro-themed car may have changed in technology over the course of the past several decades, but it is just as fun to drive today as it was in its infancy. If you are in the market for a fun to drive, fuel-efficient car, the Beetle should definitely be on your shortlist.
What’s New in the Beetle
For the 2017 model year there have not been a lot of changes, after all when you have a top-seller, why change it. This year sees a few simple changes in styling for the front and rear bumpers along with the addition of a limited edition #PinkBeetle and some changes to the rest of the trim levels in an attempt to simplify things.
Currently, the VW Beetle is available in no less than seven different trim levels, base 1.8T S, 1.8T Classic, 1.8 SE, 1.8T Dune, 1.8 SEL, 2.0T R-Line SEL, and of course the #PinkBeetle limited edition. The #PinkBeetle is not connected with any breast cancer awareness organization, instead, it is a bold fuchsia color and has a charming plaid interior. The Dune, on the other hand, bears a close resemblance to the Baja Bugs that were all the rage in the 70s.
The Beetle Still Roaring Along
When it comes to powertrains, the Volkswagen Beetle no longer has a horizontally opposed air-cooled engine mounted in the back. Instead, there are two different engines for you to choose from. The first and most common is a turbocharged 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine that is rated at 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. All models with this engine come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission.
For those of you who want a Bug with a little more power, there is the 2.0T R-Line. This model comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that pumps out a very healthy 210 horsepower and transfers 207 pound-feet of torque to the ground via an upgraded six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that shifts significantly faster.
The Beetle Offers Plenty of Space and Light
As with the earliest models, the 2017 VW Beetle offers a spacious interior with a roof that is high enough for two very tall adults. Thanks to the large windows, not only can you see everything that is going on around you, but they also give the cabin a light and airy feeling. The infotainment system continues to be one of the easiest in its class to use and sports a crystal clear 5-incvh touchscreen in base models and a 6.3-inch screen in upper trims. Other features include a CD player, HD and satellite radio, smartphone integration, and navigation.
If you are ready to go back to the future in the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle, come on in to Durham Volkswagen and see what you have been missing. Call us at (919) 493-7411 to schedule your test drive today!