Iconic Good Looks Modernized
The Beetle has long been regarded as one of the cutest cars on the market, with its round headlights and non-threatening curves. Volkswagen has maintained this iconic styling but tweaked it just enough to make the 2016 Beetle feel brand new. It’s almost like a stretched out Beetle. Its lines are longer and its roofline lowered and flattened. This makes it seem a little sleeker and more masculine than its predecessors. The Kelley Blue Book suggests it shows influences of the vintage Porsche 356, although it’ll never be mistaken for anything but a Volkswagen Beetle. The hatchback is a traditional choice, but there’s also a convertible if you crave something sportier.
Generous Storage Space
The new Beetle offers more storage space than many cars in its class. Multiple storage bins in the center console and a secondary glovebox offer plenty of places for stashing the items you need on hand. But most of the storage space is in the back. The hatchback offers 15.4 cubic feet of cargo space, and even more with the rear seats pushed down. Convertibles have less than half the cargo room, and it’s a little awkward to use.
Impressive Performance and Handling
The 2016 Beetle is available with a choice of three engines: a 170-hp 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, 150-hp 2.0-liter turbo diesel four-cylinder, and a 210-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. You can further customize the vehicle with five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission for the 1.8T and a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG with the 2.0T or TDI. Fuel economy is good, especially if you choose the automatic 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-4 coupe, which gets 25 mpg around town and 33 mpg on the highway. Depending on the configuration you choose, driving the 2016 Beetle can feel like being behind the wheel of a sprightly go-kart or sporty coupe. Acceleration is also good, especially if you choose the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor. The ride is quiet and comfortable, especially when compared to other vehicles in its class. It also drives surprisingly well on the open road, feeling more like a midsized sedan than a small car.
VW Car-Net App-Connect lets you access your favorite smartphone apps via the Beetle’s dashboard. Whether you want to stream your favorite playlists on Spotify or use Google Maps to navigate to your destination, this feature lets you do it. VW Car-Net App-Connect integrates with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Mirrorlink, unlike so many infotainment systems that freeze out some smartphone models. Volkswagen also uses technology to keep you safe. Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Traffic Alert, and Park Pilot senses hazards you can’t see, alerting you to danger before an accident occurs. The 2016 Beetle celebrates modern technology while retaining what’s made it such an iconic car for generations of motorists.