The Volkswagen Beetle is one of the most legendary and instantly recognizable cars on earth. Through all of the generations, the Volkswagen Beetle has evolved and has been able to keep with its fundamentals and original formula.
As time goes on and on, Volkswagen updates the Beetle to keep with the times. There has always been a certain charm to the Volkswagen Beetle, which is why it has been alive since the 1940’s.
As one of the most coveted automobiles ever evolves, the order gets taller and taller for Volkswagen.
The beetle has spawned many different special additions over the years, including a very, very cool Beetle R. But we’ve seen everything from track focused additions to the Beetle Dune, something made for going off-roading. Probably one of the most versatile platforms ever.
With all of that said, the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle is the perfect combination of retro and modern. A formula that has taken decades for Volkswagen to figure out, and perfect.
I think that everyone has a soft spot for the Volkswagen Beetle. If I had a big car collection, there would definitely be some sort of Volkswagen Beetle in there.
So, let’s take a look at the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle. The newest member to the oldest automotive family out there.
The Specs-2017 Volkswagen Beetle:
|Power Plant:||1.8 L 4-cyl.|
|Gearbox:||6 speed auto/6 speed manual|
|Power:||170 – 210 HP|
|MPG:||Up to 33 Highway/24 City|
|Torque:||184 Lb-ft – 207 lb-ft.|
|Length:||168- 169 Inches|
|Height:||58 – 59 Inches|
|Top Speed:||115 MPH (est.)|
|0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH):||7.3 Seconds|
|Base Price:||$19,900 (est).|
The Exterior-2017 Volkswagen Beetle:
Pretty much everyone knows a Volkswagen Beetle when they see one. The big, buggy eyes and round shape are dead give-away’s.
That trend of an iconic design continues for the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle.
However, there are a number of updates that bring the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle into a more modern light. For example, a new larger intake is added on the lower part of the front bumper, turn signals sit above the fog lights, and the whole silhouette is stretched.
From certain angles, the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle resembles a baby Porsche 911. The round head lights, air intakes and turn signals are pretty much identical. That is probably why people call 911’s “super beetles”
The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle can come in a variety of versions and variants. For example, you can get a convertible, hard top, hatchback and a funky ‘Dune’ trim.
Each trim changes the appearance of the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle, but it is slight and the car sticks to its DNA.
The dune edition adds in black fender trim and can come as an optional convertible. In any variant, the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle is a fun little cruiser with the most legendary personality.
Curvy, bubbly bulges make up the most of the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle. Some trims add in boxy secondary air intakes that do work on the car, but are polar-opposite to the whole design language.
It seems like simple, un-congested designs make up the most timeless designs. The Volkswagen Beetle’s classic look with modern shaping and finishing make up for a new and updated bug.
The Interior-2017 Volkswagen Beetle:
The interior of the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle is just as peppy, classic and even simple as the exterior.
One cool feature inside the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle is the fact that the dashboard and other pieces of trim can be colored the same as the exterior of the car.
The rest of the interior is very basic. But that’s a good thing. The design is bubbly and curvy all over the interior. The layout is very simple, with an infotainment screen, air conditioning and steering wheel making up basically the most of it.
Inside the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle dune, you also get a small gauge cluster at the top of the dashboard, and a small “Dune” text logo on the passenger handle.
The Dune addition is largely a cosmetic package for the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle. Which is completely fine, since the Beetle is all about looks and not being high-performer.
The interior of the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle is a fun little place to be, however rear seat leg room and head room are both compromised in the pursuit of the Beetle’s very round roof line.
You can also customize the interior ambient lighting to fit your mood or liking. The trim around the speakers and other parts of the interior feature a strip of light that illuminates as you change the color.
It is an interesting lay out to say the least, and I’m happy that Volkswagen keeps with their original formula for the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle. Retro and fun!
The Performance-2017 Volkswagen Beetle:
Like I said, the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle isn’t a super big performer. The standard engine is a 1.8 L four cylinder engine that can produce 170 to 210 HP and similar numbers in torque.
This is just enough for the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle to get around, but not put you in the back seat with acceleration.
The other side of the coin means that you get awesome fuel economy, up to 34 miles per gallon on the highway for the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle.
The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle offers a 6 speed manual or 6 speed automatic transmission with its small engine. While there are plenty of other transmissions that Volkswagen could have used, they again, decided to keep things classic.
Sum It Up:
The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle is another evolution of the most classic of cars on sale in modern showrooms. While the current beetle is not the most coveted car out there and frankly not the best at anything, people still buy them up, because they’re Volkswagen Beetles.
Expect a release date for the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle later this year. We may also see a redesign soon…