VW holds pricing steady on Beetles with new 1.8T

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2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Like many automakers, Volkswagen is in the process of replacing larger naturally aspirated engines with smaller turbocharged ones. That includes the Beetle, which is switching from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine to a 1.8-liter turbo. Yet VW has kept the price the same despite the engine swap.

The 2014 Beetle with the 1.8T and standard six-speed manual starts at $20,295 – the same as the 2014 Beetle with the 2.5-liter engine. Upgrade to the six-speed automatic and the sticker price jumps to $21,395, while the convertible version (which is only sold with the slushbox) starts at $25,170. Of course you’ll have to factor in the $820 destination charge for either model.

You get the same 170 horsepower with the new 1.8T as you did with the old 2.5, but peak power now comes in at 700 fewer revolutions per minute. Torque grows marginally by 7 pound-feet, but comes in at 2,750 rpm lower. Best of all, though, is that the turbo version with the automatic gets 25 miles per gallon in the city (versus 22 on the 2.5) and 33 mpg on the highway (vs 29) for a combined EPA rating of 28 mpg (vs 25).

It’s worth noting that VW had increased the base price by $300 at the start of the new model year for the base 2.5-liter model in apparent preparation for the new engine’s arrival, but that marginal price increase will soon be offset by the savings at the pump. Scope out the full pricing and fuel economy ratings in the press release below.

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