- Revised trim levels
- Available hatchback and convertible versions
- Newly available MIB II multimedia system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility
The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle is the familiar, retro-inspired compact hatchback that seats four passengers. A convertible version is also available. It competes with the MINI Cooper and Fiat 500.
Six trims are available for the Beetle hatchback: the 1.8T S, 1.8T SE, 1.8T SEL, 1.8T Dune, R-Line SE, and R-Line SEL. Three trims are available for the Beetle convertible: the 1.8T, 1.8T Denim, and R-Line 2.0T.
The second-generation Beetle is a more-modern-than-retro interpretation of the classic bug. It has a sporty appearance, which features a low stance, wide-mouth front air vents, bulging front and rear fenders, and clean body lines. Standard features include a rear spoiler, automatic headlights, power and heated side mirrors, and 16-inch wheels. Sport body styling, Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, fog lights, a panoramic moonroof, a dual-pipe exhaust system, and larger 17-, 18-, or 19-inch wheels are also available.
The Beetle is powered by a standard 170-hp, turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The R-Line trims have a 210-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with the same transmission and layout. A 5-speed manual is available at no extra cost. A 6-speed manual is available for the R-Line trims. Fuel economy for the 1.8T trims is an EPA-estimated 25/34 mpg city/highway. It drops to a 23/31 mpg rating for the R-Line trims.
Inside, the Beetle has a sporty, black interior with standard cloth seats. The center console features the MIB II multimedia system, which includes a standard 5-inch or an optional 6.3-inch touchscreen, an integrated navigation system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, and Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio. Standard features include remote keyless entry, air conditioning, power windows/locks, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, an automatic dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, and cruise control. A security system, push-button start, leather seats, dual-zone climate control, and a Fender premium audio system are available as well.
The Beetle hatchback earned a full 5-Star overall crash safety test rating from the NHTSA. Standard features include front airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system. A backup camera, blind spot monitor, a limited slip differential, and parking assist are available.