A crackling, sputtering, Beetle just seems right, doesn’t it? Even if the Beetle is brand-new, and quieter than it’s ever been, there’s something to be said about a diesel-powered Bug that appeals to the nostalgic who would want a Bug in the first place. The price of entry for such nostalgia: $23,295, Volkswagen announced today, plus a separate $770 destination charge.
It undercuts the Golf TDI two-door by $940, but is priced over the wildly popular Jetta TDI sedan by $520. The engine is a familiar sight, shared by all three: it’s a 2.0-liter turbodiesel good for 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, and in fairness, it’s about as quiet and smooth as any gasoline-powered engine you’d care to mention. When optioned up with the six-speed, the TDI Beetle can hit 41 mpg highway and 32 mpg city—or on par with the other two, with perhaps 1 mpg given up on the highway (due to its rotund, retro-tastic shape).
In comparison, if you want a turbo, gas-powered Beetle, that will cost you $23,395, or a mere $100 over the cost of the diesel. That one produces 200 horsepower. The 2.5-liter five-cylinder lump is less exciting, but less pricey—it starts at $19,795. The TDI Beetle will come with loads of standard features including cruise control, power everything, Bluetooth, satellite radio, steering wheel controls, and USB and auxillary inputs for the stereo system.