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2015 Volkswagen Beetle Classic Debuts

  • New Volkswagen Beetle Classic priced from $21,115 (coupe) and $26,815 (convertible)
  • Features intriguing mix of heritage and contemporary features
  • Beetle Classic is the most affordable model in the Beetle lineup

The limited-edition 2015 Volkswagen Beetle Classic coupe has arrived at Volkswagen dealerships with a starting price of $21,015, including an $820 destination fee. For $100 less than the previously price-leading Beetle 1.8T, the Beetle Classic sports a 6-speed automatic transmission (a costly option on the 1.8T, which has a 5-speed manual by default), 17-inch alloy wheels with an old-school hubcap look, a rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped shift knob and handbrake, a navigation system, satellite radio, and funky 2-tone upholstery with brown leatherette and checked cloth. Keeping things simple, the Classic is offered in just three colors: Pure White, Black Uni, and Reflex Silver.

There will also be a Beetle Classic convertible, though it’s not available just yet. Look for it to debut in early 2015 with a starting price of $26,815. That’s actually not the lowest MSRP for a 2015 Beetle convertible — the base 1.8T checks in at $26,165 — but it’s close, and the heritage touches might make it worth the stretch.

Both the coupe and convertible are powered by Volkswagen’s new turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, which makes a healthy 170 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy estimates stand at 33 miles per gallon on the highway for the coupe and 32 mpg for the convertible, which is pretty impressive considering how peppy this motor can be.

The 2015 Volkswagen Beetle Classic’s primary rivals are the FIAT 500 and the recently redesigned MINI Cooper, both of which are similarly available in both coupe (hatchback) and convertible body styles. Shoppers who don’t need a back seat are also advised to consider the Mazda MX-5 Miata, whether it’s the current-generation model or the next-generation 2016 model.

What it means to you: The current Beetle hasn’t sold as well as expected, but that’s not because there’s anything wrong with it. On the contrary, it’s a fun, well-equipped car with a highly refined engine — and the Beetle Classic’s debut means there’s never been a better time to grab the keys.

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