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2014 Volkswagen Beetle Fuel Economy

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The Beetle TDI Clean Diesel is a great example of how solid fuel mileage and fun-to-drive qualities aren't mutually exclusive. With a manual transmission, both the convertible and the hardtop Beetle TDI score 28 mpg city and 41 mpg highway for 32 mpg combined. Swapping in the automatic, the hardtop rates 29/39 mpg city/highway for 32 mpg combined, and the Convertible scores 28/37 for 31 mpg combined.

Those aren't quite hybrid-like figures, but they're still considerably greener than average.

Other Beetle models don't do quite as well. The Beetle R-Line's 210-horsepower output brings its EPA rating down to 23 mpg city and 29 mpg highway for 25 mpg combined. That's still respectable given the pep in the R-Line's step.

The Beetle TDI is by far the greenest of the new Bugs, but the rest of the range underwhelms with its gas mileage.

The base 2.5-liter engine scores 22/31/25 mpg city/highway/combined with the manual transmission in the Beetle hardtop, and 22/29/25 with the automatic transmission. The 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder model scores 25 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 28 mpg combined with the six-speed automatic; with the five-speed manual, those figures drop slightly to 24/33/27 mpg.

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