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2016 Volkswagen Beetle Overview (See Available Styles)

  • 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.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 0 - 25 MPG
  • Highway: 0 - 33 MPG

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Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries. Read an article on the current NHTSA crash test program.

Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: *****
  • Frontal Crash: ****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

10 of 11 (90%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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