Overview

Once the domain of cute sorority girls everywhere, the 2014 VOLKSWAGEN Beetle which was recently redesigned with a more muscular and masculine edge to its once adorably squishy styling is turning into a more focused performance driving machine with each passing year. This model year even sees the end of the last vestige of poor performing New Beetles of year’s past—the 2.5 liter 5-cylinder base engine that has its design roots from the long since forgotten Audi Fox engine which was popular around the time the Bee Gee’s were at their musical peak.
What We Love

  • That Volkswagen saw fit to sell a high mileage TDI diesel version of the Beetle
  • The limited edition 2014 GSR model in all of its over the top tawdry yellow and black goodness
  • It might not be a Mini or GTI but with the turbo and manual gearbox it gets darn close

What We Would Change

  • As the original “People’s Car,” the Beetle can get far too expensive in higher trims
  • Not nearly as much fun to drive without the six-speed manual gearbox
  • VOLKSWAGEN needs to ditch the 2.5 liter 5-cylinder base motor as soon as possible

To read the full review, go to 2014 VW Beetle review

Written by James Hamel

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