2014 Volkswagen Beetle TDI: Not Bad, Wait and Buy it in 2015

A question: would you pay $28,000+ for a 2014 Volkswagen Beetle?  With a turbo-diesel engine?  A super-premium stereo? Navigation?

Any takers?

In terms of value, tricking out a 2014 VW Beetle to it’s fullest with a powerful diesel engine, isn’t a great value.  In 2014.

If you want a great car at a great value, look for one of these next year.  Odds are you’ll be able to find one sitting on a dealer lot in your area.  Or grab one on the used car market.  Buying a 1-3 years old Beetle is a good way to enjoy all the fun while letting some other guy pay the penalty for buying new.

I’m not demeaning the Beetle, I’m simply adding a dollop of common sense.

If you haven’t already watched the video above, click it.  Sam Haymart from TestDriven.tv does a great review of the 2014 VW Beetle TDI.  It’s a breezy 8 minutes.  I also found a good review of the Beetle TDI convertible from the people at Autoweek.com.  That model is even more fun, and even less a value as a new car.  But, like the hardtop, finding one of these in a little time will certainly be a great deal on a fast and fun car.

By now you should have heard from Sam in the video above.  Let’s look at what Autoweek thought of the 4-wheel insectoid:

2014 VW Beetle TDI side view

…Everything about this VW Beetle is light: Super light steering and clutch effort, light acceleration from the TDI engine. VW’s latest version of its Bug feels more composed than the original New Beetle, and surely it’s better equipped, but I’d have to be one focused ragtop Beetle enthusiast to consider handing over $30K for the privilege. It’s an incredibly benign driving experience, in other words.

 

The price in reality potentially makes this an appealing proposition to baby boomers or anyone who for any reason holds sacred their nostalgic memories of old Beetle cabriolets, in the sense that $30K is probably the upper limit of what target consumers might be willing to pay for one. But Convertible tops and diesel engines don’t come especially cheap nowadays, and this is true here: The TDI engine increases the base price of a Beetle coupe by about $5K compared to the 1.8-liter turbo engine, and the convertible option tacks on about another $3,700.

That’s their take on value.  See, I’m not the only one who thinks this way.

Engine compartment of a 2014 VW Beetle TDI

Performance-wise, the Beetle features a 2.0 liter turbo diesel, or a 1.8 TDI in the R-Line configuration.  Zero-60 is not sizzling fast, as expected.

Instrument panel of 2014 VW Beetle TDI

The interior is spartan and leatherette vinyl, as noted by TestDriven.tv.  But it’s a Beetle.  Real leather would help push the price towards $35,000.

2014 VW Beetle TDI, tail end

But it is a good looking car.

Awhile back Edmunds.com estimated a new car loses 9% once it drives off the lot, and 19% within the first year.  The 2014 Volkswagen Beetle TDI, whether sunroof or convertible is a fun car.  If you have to have one, but can wait, will be a good value waiting to be had.  If you can’t resist…call me.  I’ll talk some sense back in your head.

 

 

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