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by Matt Campbell

The Volkswagen Beetle has been updated with a range of more efficient engines and new in-car technology.

The updated Volkswagen Beetle adopts five new powertrains, including a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol turbo with 77kW and fuel use of 5.5 litres per 100 kilometres in the entry model.

Other petrol options include a 1.4-litre turbo four-cylinder with 110kW and consumption of 5.8L/100km (which we’ve already seen in the current generation Golf range), and a 2.0-litre turbo with 162kW that has been lifted from the Golf GTI. That version uses 6.5L/100km.


Currently, the Beetle is sold locally with a 1.4-litre twincharged (turbocharged and supercharged) four-cylinder with 118kW and fuel use of between 6.4L (for the seven-speed DSG model) and 6.8L (six-speed manual).

The Beetle has also received two new diesel engines, both 2.0-litre four-cylinder units. The entry version is an 81kW powertrain with fuel use of just 4.3L/100km, while a gruntier version with 110kW and fuel use of 4.6L has also been added.

Aiding the fuel efficiency improvements include a coasting function for the DSG transmission that shifts the ‘box to neutral when no throttle input is sensed.


Volkswagen has confirmed the new engines will be offered “just before the end of the year” in some markets, and we’re waiting to hear back from VW Australia to see when buyers can expect the new version to arrive, and whether or not the engine range will expand to include a diesel.

The update has also seen a new media system added as an option for some markets, including an online hookup for weather or traffic info. The new screen also means a reverse-view camera can be had on the Beetle (previously only rear parking sensors were available). Other new assistance tech includes a rear cross-traffic alert and a blind-spot sensor.

Volkswagen has also added new colours (Tornado Red, Pure White and Reflex Silver Metallic).

Volkswagen R-Line7

Volkswagen Australia recently introduced the new Beetle R-Line option package (above): the only VW model to be offered with a manual transmission and R-Line option pack (though the kit is also available on the DSG version).

It sports unique front and rear bumpers, 18-inch ‘Twister’ alloy wheels and R-Line badges, while inside there are a range of additions, such as sports instruments (including boost pressure, oil temperature and stopwatch), while paddleshifters are also added to the DSG model.

Volkswagen Beetle R-Line pricing (plus on-road costs):
Beetle 118TSI with R-Line package (manual) – $32,290
Beetle 118TSI with R-Line package (DSG) – $34,790


Volkswagen Australia told CarAdvice today that: “We won’t be offering powertrain changes in the Beetle for the foreseeable future. Once production of RHD models is confirmed we’ll release details on the specification updates closer to the local release”.