2014 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible R-Line

At a Glance

Pricing $24,995 - $34,495
Drive Types FWD
Engines 2.0l I4 T, 2.0l I4 T D, 2.5l I5
Transmissions A6, M6, SM6
Fuel Economy 21-28 (city), 27-41 (highway)

It's hard to approach the status of the Beetle. Only a couple of cars on the road have similar lifetime sales numbers and few have the instantly recognizable shape of the Beetle. Introduced in 2012, the third generation is longer, wider and has an overall more aggressive look. A power-retractable, soft-top convertible model re-joined the lineup in 2013. Modern Beetles are front wheel drive with the engine in front. Beetle powertrains include an inline five-cylinder engine and a turbocharged four cylinder. The turbocharged Beetle with 200-horsepower and a six-speed dual clutch transmission should be quick enough to turn some heads. In today's market, Scion, Hyundai, and Kia provide the kind of value that the original Beetle was known for, but a unique combination of heritage, style, utility, and fuel economy should help keep the Beetle on some shopping lists.

What Changed:

The Beetle Turbo becomes the R-Line. The 2.5l five-cylinder engine will be replaced mid-year by a 1.8l turbocharged four-cylinder.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI MSRP
Beetle Convertible 2.5 2.5l I5 (170-bhp) A6 FWD 21 / 27 / 24 55 $24,995
Beetle Convertible 2.5 Technology 2.5l I5 (170-bhp) A6 FWD 21 / 27 / 24 55 $26,695
Beetle Convertible 2.5 Sound/Navigation 2.5l I5 (170-bhp) A6 FWD 21 / 27 / 24 58 $28,995
Beetle Convertible R-Line 2.0l I4 T (210-bhp) M6 FWD 23 / 31 / 27 62 $28,995
Beetle Convertible R-Line 2.0l I4 T (210-bhp) SM6 FWD 23 / 29 / 26 62 $30,095
Beetle Convertible R-Line Sound 2.0l I4 T (210-bhp) M6 FWD 23 / 31 / 27 62 $30,195
Beetle Convertible R-Line Sound 2.0l I4 T (210-bhp) SM6 FWD 23 / 29 / 26 62 $31,295
Beetle Convertible R-Line Sound/Navigation 2.0l I4 T (200-bhp) M6 FWD 23 / 31 / 27 64 $33,395
Beetle Convertible R-Line Sound/Navigation 2.0l I4 T (200-bhp) SM6 FWD 23 / 29 / 26 64 $34,495
Beetle Convertible TDI 2.0l I4 T D (140-bhp) M6 FWD 28 / 41 / 34 55 $28,495
Beetle Convertible TDI 2.0l I4 T D (140-bhp) SM6 FWD 28 / 37 / 32 55 $29,595
Beetle Convertible TDI Sound/Navigation 2.0l I4 T D (140-bhp) M6 FWD 28 / 41 / 34 55 $29,695
Beetle Convertible TDI Sound/Navigation 2.0l I4 T D (140-bhp) SM6 FWD 28 / 37 / 32 55 $30,795