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2017 Volkswagen Beetle #PinkBeetle Test Drive Review

The distinctively shaped Volkswagen Beetle has long been known as ‘the people’s car.’ The model obviously lives up to that distinction with more than 21.5 million units sold worldwide. In fact, that figure makes it the most popular car built on a single platform. More than sixty years of being sold in the United States, the Volkswagen Beetle still holds a cult-like following for new and old Volkswagen owners.

To keep things spicy for the new generation model, Volkswagen has been keen on offering limited-edition versions of the Beetle including the Dune Edition, the Denim Edition, and the one we’re going to be talking about today – the #PinkBeetle. The 2017 Volkswagen #PinkBeetle may be polarizing to some, but the variant carries on the Beetle’s tradition of being hip, stylish, and unique. Let’s take a closer look.

Exterior:

The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle carries on its legacy of a rounded look that is highlighted by what Volkswagen says is three semi-circles. Those semi-circles can be found on the front fender, rear fender, and the dome roof. Even though that design theme has been carried on for generations, the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle gets a bolder and sportier look and feel overall.

The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle sits on a wheelbase that measures 100 inches. The overall length for the Beetle comes in at 168.4 inches while the overall width comes in at 71.2 inches. The height of the Volkswagen Beetle comes in at 58.5 inches. Those measurements put the Beetle into the category of cars like the Honda Civic, Mazda3, Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus, and the Volkswagen Jetta. When compared to all those vehicles, there is no doubt that the Beetle is really trying to set itself apart from the crowd with its unique styling.

Now, as far as the 2017 Volkswagen #PinkBeetle goes, the limited edition model gets a range of model specific exclusives. Those exclusives include a Fresh Fuchsia Metallic paint job, gloss black mirror caps, black side skirts with chrome accents, 17-inch multi-spoke “Linas” aluminum-alloy wheels, as well as Bi-Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights, LED taillights and LED rear license plate lighting as standard. It also gets its own “#PinkBeetle” badging on the trunk lid.

Interior:

When it comes to the interior, the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle carries on the theme of being simple and practical. The signature “Beetle bin” is still there as a secondary glove box that is integrated into the dash.

Buyers will enjoy a range of standard features including, a rearview camera, power windows with one-touch up/down, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, USB connectivity, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and more. Optional features include a panoramic sunroof, V-Tex leatherette seats, heated front seats, keyless access with push-button start, navigation, an upgraded Fender audio system, and the App-Connect system which allows smartphone integration including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Measurements-wise, the interior offers front passengers a total of 41.3 inches of legroom and 31.4 inches of rear legroom. Cargo capacity comes in at 15.4 cubic feet.

The 2017 Volkswagen #PinkBeetle comes with a black dash pad with pink accents, pink “Club” cloth seats, the Volkswagen MIB II infotainment system, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, heated seats, keyless entry with push-button start, a rearview camera and a 3-month trial of SiriusXM Radio.

Performance:

The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle comes with two engine choices including a 1.8-liter four cylinder turbo and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo. Our test model, the 2017 Volkswagen #PinkBeetle, features the 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbo that produces 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.6 seconds with a top speed of 120 mph.

In terms of fuel economy, the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle gets an EPA-estimated 24/33 mpg* (city/highway).

Safety:

The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle comes standard with a range of safety features including electronic stability control, front and head-side airbags, automatic post-collision braking, and more. Optionally, you can add a range of driver assistance features including blind spot monitoring, rear traffic alert, and more.

Overall:

The Volkswagen Beetle carries on its legacy into 2017 with a bold and fresh new look while offering a range of limited edition models that offer you the chance to be a little unique. Prices for the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle start at $19,995* for the base model with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbo. Our test model, the Volkswagen #PinkBeetle, carries a starting price tag of $21,890*. If you’re in the market for a compact vehicle and are looking for something unique, we highly recommend visiting your local AutoNation Volkswagen dealer for a test drive today.

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

**Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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