2018 Volkswagen Beetle: A Trim Comparison

a red 2018 volkswagen beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle is an iconic vehicle, and this is the last year you can snag one! We’re sad to see the VW Bug go, but we’re excited to see what the manufacturer has done to make this year memorable. From the Coast to the Dunes, we’re breaking down what each trim has to offer.


The Volkswagen Beetle S is the base trim and has a starting MSRP of $20,220. It comes with a 2.0-liter TSI Turbo engine, which produces 174 horsepower. That’s pretty substantial for such a little car, especially since drivers can still get up to 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

Even though this is the cheapest trim, it still comes with plenty of features that make it great inside and out. The headlights are made of chip-resistant polycarbonate lenses that protect LED daytime running lights.

On the inside, the S trim comes with cruise control, Bluetooth technology, a rearview camera, USB port, SD card reader, and an auxiliary jack for your audio player. All of this is controllable through the five-inch touchscreen sound system.

S with Style and Comfort

The S with Style and Comfort starts at $21,695. The title comes from the upgrade in style and comfort on the interior that makes it much more enjoyable to drive. Drivers will first notice the leatherette seating followed by the keyless access with push-button start. With a little investigating, they’ll find heated seating, which is ideal for cold winter mornings.

This trim also comes with Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect. The app allows you to access and use music, mapping, and other apps on your dash from any smartphone. It also lets you call for help, set speed, boundary alerts, and check the status of your VW.


Coast starts at $23,120 and is all about having a car for sunny, beach days. It has a surfboard-look dashboard, Pepita cloth seating surface, and a Käferfach heritage-inspired glovebox. To let a little more light in, you can open the panoramic sunroof for a little fresh air.

The exterior has some upgrades starting with power-operated, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals. Rain-sensing windshield wipers with heated washer nozzles further improve visibility and convenience.

A great final addition to the Coast trim is a blind spot monitor so you can protect you, your passengers, and your investment.


Starting at $24,020, the SE is designed with a sporty theme. It comes with a sport-designed front and rear bumper with a rear spoiler. This trim most resembles the S trim, but with a few more upgrades. Like the Coast, it has rain-sensing windshield wipers with heated washer nozzles. One update that may be incredibly convenient is automatic headlights that activate when needed.

On the inside, the Climatronic dual-zone automatic climate control keeps drivers and passengers comfortable. The SE may be the ideal trim for those that worried about safety. On top of Blind Spot Monitoring, it also comes with Rear Traffic Alerts. Owners can also test SiriusXM with a three-month trial and Volkswagen Car-Net Security and Service for six months.


The Volkswagen Beetle Dune is $26,790 and is another unique trim. It may be a Dune buggy, but this isn’t something you’ll find in Mad Max because of its luxuriousness. This trim has a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and Sport mode, although it comes with the same engine as the other trims. It also has park distance control with Park Pilot.

The inside of the Dune has cloth seating with a V-Tex leatherette trim and yellow piping. A Fender Premium Audio System is also installed to make your music sound amazing no matter where you are in your VW Beetle.

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