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2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR

Despite all of the positive reviews it has garnered since its introduction in 2011, the Volkswagen Beetle still hasn't hooked me. It's nice to drive, and with a variety of engine choices (including diesel) and two different bodystyles, it's an incredibly versatile little car, ready to meet the needs of a whole host of customers. But personally, I just don't think I could wake up to that happy-friendly (yet sort of drowsy?) face every morning. For 2014, Volkswagen is offering this limited edition GSR model – only 3,500 examples will be made – based on the sportier R-Line... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
Turbo 2.0L I4
Power:
210 HP / 207 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Manual
Base Price:
$29,995
As-Tested Price:
$30,850
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