Volkswagen has added diesel power to its new-but-not-New Beetle for the 2013 model year, and the oil-burning Bug has now been officially priced at $23,295, not including the (*)$770 destination charge. That price reflects the base TDI model with a six-speed manual transmission.

Moving up the line, there are two higher trim levels – one featuring a sunroof and the other equipped with a 'roof and navigation – priced from $24,895 and $26,195, respectively. The Sunroof model adds Volkswagen's Premium VIII radio, and the nav-equipped trim comes standard with the automaker's premium Fender audio system. A six-speed automatic transmission is available with all three trim levels for an additional $1,100.

The Beetle TDI is powered by Volkswagen's tried-and-true 2.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-four engine, good for 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. In the bubbly hatchback, this engine is estimated to achieve 32 miles per gallon in the city and 41 mpg on the highway.

Look for the 2013 Beetle TDI to hit Volkswagen dealerships in August. Scroll down for the full details in the automaker's press blast.
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FUEL-EFFICIENT BEETLE TDI® CLEAN DIESEL COUPE PRICED FROM $23,295

The only Clean Diesel offering in the compact coupe category goes on sale in August

Volkswagen's sixth TDI® Clean Diesel model available in the U.S.


Herndon, VA - Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced pricing for the Beetle TDI® Clean Diesel coupe. The Beetle TDI is the third model in the Beetle lineup and joins the 2.5-liter five-cylinder and 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline models, which launched to great acclaim in 2011. The Beetle TDI features VW's 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injection Clean Diesel engine that produces 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. When equipped with a manual transmission, the model has manufacturer fuel economy estimates of 41 mpg highway and 32 mpg city.

Model Lineup

Three trims are available with the TDI® Clean Diesel powertrain. All models feature a standard six-speed manual transmission with Volkswagen's acclaimed six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission as an option. All three are very well equipped, with standard features such as power windows with one-touch up/down; cruise control; V-Tex Leatherette seating; front-center armrest; the "Käeferfach" secondary glovebox; Bluetooth® technology; leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with audio controls; three-color ambient lighting; auxiliary instrument package; Keyless entry with push-button start; SiriusXM Satellite Radio®; and a Media Device Interface with iPod® cable.

TDI

Manual: $23,295
Automatic: $24,395
The base TDI model comes standard with unique 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, all the equipment listed above, and an interior and exterior chrome package. The standard RCD310 audio system has an AM/FM radio, CD player, Bluetooth® technology, SiriusXM Satellite Radio® and eight speakers

TDI with Sunroof

Manual: $24,895
Automatic: $25,995
This model adds a panoramic tilt/slide sunroof and Volkswagen's touchscreen Premium VIII radio to the Beetle TDI trim.

TDI with Sunroof, Sound, and Navigation

Manual: $26,195
Automatic: $27,295
In addition to the above features, the top model includes the RNS 315 navigation system and the award-winning Fender® Premium Audio system.

All prices exclude a destination charge of $770.


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      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kudos to VW for offering a wide range of diesels.
      scot168
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think diesels are a great idea except for VW makes you pay more to buy one and then the price of fuel always cost more, at what point to do you come out ahead compared to buying a gas burner that gets great gas mileage while paying less for the gas? If VW didn't jack up the price of the diesel engines so much I would consider paying the extra for the diesel fuel but not as long as I have to pay the premium on the car and then on the fuel.
        tlakota35
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scot168
        I haven't seen an automaker yet that charges the same amount for comparably equipped gas and diesel models.
        Nick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scot168
        If they offered their smallest, most efficient diesels here, they would cost the same. Be informed that diesel engines run much higher compression ratios, in order to properly combust the diesel fuel which requires higher temperature and pressure to burn (hence higher efficiency). This necessitates much more highly reinforced block/ pistons/ other intervals. As a result, when properly maintained throughout their sevice life, diesel engines generally last much longer 200% - 500% longer relative to similar gas engines, depending on maintenance and manufacturer.
        Nick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scot168
        If they offers the smalles and cheapest diesel engines in the US, many would cry and whine about how the have so little horsepower (without acknowledging the efficiency and torque benefits).
        metusmetu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scot168
        If properly maintained a diesel motor will last for 500k miles or more without a major overhaul, some have gone 1 million miles!! Try doing that with a gasoline motor.
          S.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @metusmetu
          I'd love a TDI. Too bad they're attached to VWs, which aren't exactly the shining example of long-term reliability (interior, body panels, electronics, etc).
          sloturbo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @metusmetu
          The problem with your logic is the engine is fine, but what about the rest of the car... Transmission, paint, interior, seats and the like. After 100k (maybe 200), they're pretty much gone.
          sloturbo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @metusmetu
          No snoozin here @metusmetu. Both of my cars over 100k, 160k miles respectively. I take care of them, but they're wearing out. Between door dings, rock chips and leather seat wear, they don't look and feel great. My point is that the engine may be the most expensive part of the car but not by much, and if my transmission or turbo goes out, that will cost thousands to fix.
          metusmetu
          • 2 Years Ago
          @metusmetu
          @sloturbo, where have you been man, snoozin' in the hammock under the palms? I know a lot of people who have more than 150k on their vehicles, and in some cases more than 300k! Just look at the money you save by driving that vehicle for longer periods! Lower insurance premiums, lower tag fees, etc.! As long as you do your routine maintenance regularly, and that includes keeping clean inside and out and waxed once in a while, and don't drive it like it was stolen, you should have no problems. Oh, and protect it from the sunlight when you can. Tint those windows!
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well done VW, add AWD to some of your TDI models if you can...glad the Toureg is one of them. Still thing the Tiguan should have a TDI by now.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      A 2012 Golf TDI starts at $24,235. Is it safe to say that all the econo/TDI fanboys will now jump to the Beetle bandwagon? It's almost $1,000 cheaper right off the bat.
        NissanGTR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
        Id pay the extra $1,000 to not drive a girls car.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NissanGTR
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        ChrisH
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
        no independent rear suspension and some interior ideas are just mind bogglingly bad. So no, oh, my TDI didn't hold its value so I doubt these will either. Guess you can say I am done with VW
          The Wasp
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ChrisH
          @CoJoNEs I don't think I'm alone in calling BS on your new "$14k" Golf TDI. Are there competitive new cars for $14k? Sure. But there are not new VWs for $14k.
      Gary
      • 2 Years Ago
      We bought the 2012 TDI SE Passat in Oct, it now has 27,000 miles on it, We constantly average 44-46 mpg & have gotton 49 mpg several times on trips. With the front seat all the way back, my 6'3" 240lb son still has leg room in the back seat & his knees dont hit the front seat. We paid $27,100. For approx the same price it has tons more room than the Beetle. We did get a base model Passat loaner to use & I hjave to admit that if I had gotton it I would not be happy, the difference between the gas & diesel and the trim levels is massive.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      betty lou
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if the rumor of a VW getting 83mpg in diesel in Europe is true?
      metusmetu
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would venture to say that the "41 mpg" Hwy. is an underestimate, probably be more like 55-60 mpg., if driven properly.
      Sandy
      • 2 Years Ago
      What ever happened to the cool bugs.. These look like crap.. just like every other box car.. YUCK... I wouldn't buy one.. I had a 2000 VW and at least it had character..
      zozalou
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had a '69 Bug then an '81 Jetta and now an '03 Bug Convertable that my 14 year old granddaughter is dying for. Great, great vehicles, low maintenance (doesn't need much but a little pricy when they do) however, I must say my Mercedes E320 Bluetec gets way better milage than the 2003 Bug. Now I know the first thing you'll say "But it's a diesel, true but it's a much larger, heavier vehicle. All and all, I would buy another VW as our second car and may consider a diesel...
      j.thompson42
      • 2 Years Ago
      change the bug back !!!!...you lengthened the front end out ....it doesn't even look like a bug anymore ...it looks ugly ..
        c.perri
        • 2 Years Ago
        @j.thompson42
        I hate the new look of the Beetle. You'te right it doesn't look like a VW Beetle at all. Big mistake! I don't know why they messed with success of what they had.
      Trace
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a owner of a 1998 (250K miles) and 2006 (90K miles) Beetle TDI, this is the end of the line. Too much coin for the exact same MPG performance. Yes, the TDI blocks are near bullet proof, but the transmissions, electrics, turbos, compressors and boosters that make the rest of the car work are NOT. I bought both cars with about 40K on the clock and for $13k-$14K. $26K is just TOO much when I can now go get a CX-5 @36mpg running on fuel which is .50/gal cheaper. Yes, the CX-5 power band sucks, but the utility is much greater. Today, there are also a host of other compacts approaching TDI mpgs.
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