2016 Volkswagen Beetle Walk Around

The current-generation Beetle was designed to look more muscular than earlier generations. It’s more bulky and less plump, with a chopped greenhouse. It’s attractive, with flattened arches and subtle flares.

We’re a sucker for the retro Circle wheels, black or white, that make the alloys look like they’re wearing a chrome hubcap.


The cabin is clean and flowing, circles and ovals, with controls that are simple and easy to reach. It’s handsome and well laid-out. Up front there’s plenty of leg, head, and hip room. The seats are firm enough, flat bottomed and easy to sit in for long drives. The R-Lines have more bolstering.

The rear is tight, allegedly room for three adults in seats that are narrower and shorter than the fronts, but realistically a part-time four-seater at best. Legroom scarcely exists unless the front seats are slid totally forward.

There are a lot of small storage nooks and bins, including a dish on the dash.

Trunk space is good for a compact, 15.4 cubic feet; and the trunk opens to the cabin when the rear seats fold flat, giving 30 cubic feet. Not quite a hatchback, but that helps. The convertible has a bit less room in the trunk because of its wind guard, but there is a pass-through between the rear seats. The guard cuts down wind buffeting when the top is down, but ours wobbled and vibrated.

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