2017 Volkswagen Beetle: A Modern Icon

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You might not think much at all when you see the Volkswagen Beetle models driving in your area, or you might enjoy playing the “punch buggy” game with your family and friends. Either way, when you see the Beetle on the road this is a car that’s been sold more than any other car that’s ever been on the market. That alone demands your respect when you see this car. If you’re thinking of driving something that has delighted more people than any other vehicle ever has, consider driving the Volkswagen Beetle that continues to the icon we love to enjoy on the road.

Why is the Beetle such an iconic car to drive and why do we love it? This is one of the cars that came out after World War II and was sold at an easy to enjoy low price while offering a simply powertrain and a build that made sense. This practical small car has been a car that we’ve enjoyed driving for many decades and it still comes to you with an efficiency powertrain and a low price while now offering you some of the modern items you expect to enjoy on a car built for the 2017 model lineup.

For the changes you see this year the Beetle gives us a new convertible model to enjoy. This top down Beetle is everything you would expect when you’re looking at a car that easily gives you the ride and performance you want while being the beach going vehicle that’s been seen everywhere. This new model year also continues with the limited edition #PinkBeeetle to show off some style. All models now have the automatic transmission only, which could disappoint a few of the Beetle purists that have enjoyed the manual transmission for so long.

Under the hood of the VW Beetle you’ll have a choice of two different powertrains to choose from. The base model uses a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that can be found in nearly every model of this car including the Dune and the convertibles. This engine brings you 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The R-Line Beetle allows you to enjoy the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine which produces 210 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. both engines us a six-speed automatic transmission to give you the shifting you want to enjoy on this car that provides you with as much as 33 mpg on the highway.

if you remember driving an older model of the Beetle you’ll probably remember some sparse items inside. Today you can have a great Beetle model in one of the seven trims offered. The basic S couple gives you a list of items that includes cruise control, heated side mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 16-inch alloy wheels, a 50/50 split folding rear seat, an eight-speaker audio system with a USB port, an auxiliary input and Bluetooth connectivity. The SE brings in the V-Tex leatherette seating that’s heated up front, keyless access, an upgraded infotainment system with a touchscreen, the VW Car-Net app system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Moving on to some of the options you have for the new Beetle you can enjoy the SEL model that adds a panoramic sunroof, a navigation system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic dual zone climate control, a Fender premium audio system and a rear parking assistance system. At the R-Line trim you have the more powerful engine, an upgraded leather interior and 20-inch wheels. You can choose a lighting package that adds bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and Led taillights. the Dune brings in a tech package that helps you have more comfort items in this trim as well.

If you want the drive of one of the most iconic cars on the road the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle is the car you’ll love to drive. This car has been sold in more versions around the world than any other to give us a useful and important car to drive and enjoy. Let this car be the one you enjoy driving wherever you need to go and choose from the various trims to have it equipped the way you want for the ride quality and performance you’re looking for.

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