Volkswagen Beetle Information

Safety · Fuel Efficiency · MPG

Volkswagen Beetle Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has conducted 2 recalls, 0 investigations of reports of a defective product, and recorded 1 safety complaints filed against this vehicle.


Crash Test Results (ratings out of 5):

Year Variation Overall Rating Front Crash Rating
(Driver)
Front Crash
(Passenger)
Side Crash
(Driver side)
Side Crash
(Passenger side)
Rollover
2019 2019 Volkswagen Beetle 2 DR FWD Not Rated 5 (picture) 4 Not Rated Not Rated 4
2019 2019 Volkswagen Beetle C FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
2018 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2 DR FWD Not Rated 5 (picture) 4 Not Rated Not Rated 4
2018 2018 Volkswagen Beetle C FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
2017 2017 Volkswagen Beetle 2 DR FWD 5 5 (picture) 4 5 (picture) 5 4
2017 2017 Volkswagen Beetle C FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
2016 2016 Volkswagen Beetle 2 DR FWD 5 5 (picture) 4 5 (picture) 5 4
2016 2016 Volkswagen Beetle C FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
2015 2015 Volkswagen Beetle 2 DR FWD 5 5 (picture) 4 5 (picture) 5 4
2015 2015 Volkswagen Beetle C FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
2014 2014 Volkswagen Beetle 2 DR FWD 5 5 (picture) 4 5 (picture) 5 4
2014 2014 Volkswagen Beetle C FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
2013 2013 Volkswagen Beetle 2 DR FWD 5 5 (picture) 4 5 (picture) 5 4
2013 2013 Volkswagen Beetle C FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
2012 2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2 DR FWD 4 4 (picture) 4 5 (picture) 5 4

Fuel Efficiency

Volkswagen has manufactured models of Beetle for 8 years. They average 27.3 combined miles per gallon, with the latest 2019 Beetle above average at 29 combined MPG.

Government regulators estimate the fuel cost of the 2019 Beetle to be $1,350 per year. This estimate is based on 15,000 miles driven, 55% city driving and 45% highway driving, and regular gasoline.

Compared to other vehicles, you spend $500 less over 5 years compared to an average vehicle.

The Beetle consumes about 11 barrels of petroleum per year, according to the standard estimate of 15,000 miles driven. Most of the world's petroleum comes from countries like Russia, Saudi Arabia, the U.S., and Iraq.

The Beetle emits 308 grams of CO2 per mile, or roughly 4,620,000 grams per year. To put this into perspective, a normal tree absorbs about 21,000 grams of CO2 per year, so about 220 trees would offset these emissions. The Beetle does not have start-stop technology.

Vehicle Model Combined MPG Highway MPG City MPG
2019 Volkswagen Beetle 29 33 26
2018 Volkswagen Beetle 29 33 26
2017 Volkswagen Beetle 28 33 24
2016 Volkswagen Beetle 26 31 24
2015 Volkswagen Beetle 27 32 25
2014 Volkswagen Beetle 27 32 24
2013 Volkswagen Beetle 25 31 22
2012 Volkswagen Beetle 25 31 22

MPG breakdown by model options

The Volkswagen Beetle has 32 different model options on record with the EPA since 2012. For the most accurate MPG estimates, find your exact model below.

Vehicle Model Combined MPG Highway MPG City MPG
2019 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 29 33 26
2018 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 29 33 26
2017 Automatic (AM-S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 26 29 23
2017 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 1.8 L 28 33 24
2016 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 1.8 L 28 33 24
2016 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 28 33 25
2016 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 26 31 23
2016 Automatic (AM-S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 26 31 24
2015 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 27 32 24
2015 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 1.8 L 27 32 25
2015 Automatic (AM-S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 26 30 24
2015 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 26 31 23
2015 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 34 39 30
2015 Automatic (AM-S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 34 39 30
2014 Automatic (AM-S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 32 40 28
2014 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 30 39 27
2014 Automatic (AM-S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 26 30 24
2014 Automatic (S6), 5-cyl, 2.5 L 25 29 22
2014 Manual 5-spd, 5-cyl, 2.5 L 25 31 22
2014 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 26 31 23
2014 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 1.8 L 27 32 25
2014 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 27 32 24
2013 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 30 39 27
2013 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 30 21
2013 Automatic (AM-S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 32 40 28
2013 Automatic (S6), 5-cyl, 2.5 L 25 29 22
2013 Automatic (AM-S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 25 30 22
2013 Manual 5-spd, 5-cyl, 2.5 L 25 31 22
2012 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 25 30 22
2012 Automatic (S6), 5-cyl, 2.5 L 25 29 22
2012 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 30 21
2012 Manual 5-spd, 5-cyl, 2.5 L 25 31 22