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Volkswagen Beetle Interior

Auto writers say the 2015 Volkswagen Beetle has a sleek, fashionable interior design that’s a standout in the subcompact class. Most say the cabin materials are high-quality, but a few note that lower trims have a lot of hard plastic panels. Reviewers think the front seats are comfortable and the rear seats are spacious, though some complain that it’s hard to see out of the small rear window. Cargo capacity is small for a hatchback. Test drivers love the optional Fender audio system’s sound quality, and they think the optional navigation system is easy to use, but they disagree about whether the screen is large enough.

  • "The cockpit is clean and well laid out, and available accessory gauges mounted at the top of the dashboard hint at the car's newfound sportiness." -- Left Lane News
  • "Take a seat inside and you'll find a stylish design that rises above common economy car standards, yet still is blessed with straightforward controls and high-quality materials." -- Edmunds
  • "Nobody does retro better than VW. The 2014 Beetle's interior pays homage to the original car without sacrificing the quality, look and feel of a 21st-century VW product." --Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "Interior treatments vary with model. All are stylish but not rich-looking, thanks to extensive use of hard plastic and, save top-price models, few soft-touch surfaces." --Consumer Guide (2013)

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Seating

The 2015 Volkswagen Beetle seats four and comes standard with leatherette upholstery and heated front seats. Leather upholstery is available, and R-Line and Premium trims get sport seats. Most test drivers say the front seats are comfortable and offer a wide range of adjustment. Some complain that visibility is poor through the small rear window and recommend getting a model with a rearview camera. Reviewers write that the rear seat can accommodate two adults comfortably.

  • "With plenty of rear seat space, the Beetle Convertible is capable of carrying four adults for around town trips, and the 7.1-cubic-inch trunk can be expanded to accommodate bulky items by folding down the … rear seats." -- Left Lane News
  • "Visibility through the small rear window of the coupe is limited and the convertible has blocked views with the top up or folded down. In both cases, we recommend opting for the newly available rearview camera." -- Edmunds
  • "Adults enjoy ample space on comfortably supportive seats. The driving position is easily tailored with the standard tilt/telescopic steering wheel and seat height and lumbar adjustments, plus long seat tracks." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Better still, the two rear-seat passengers can actually sit normally - not hunched forward as in the old model." -- Autoblog (2012)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 VW Beetle 1.8T include an auxiliary audio input, Bluetooth, a USB port, an eight-speaker audio system, multi-color ambient lighting and VW's Car-Net system, which links car security, maintenance and navigation features to a compatible smartphone app. Optional features include a rearview camera, a panoramic sunroof, a nine-speaker Fender audio system, push-button start, navigation and satellite radio. The limited-edition Classic trim costs less than the 1.8T and has additional standard features, including a touch-screen navigation system and satellite radio. Convertible Beetles come with all of the standard features in the 1.8T plus a power-folding soft top that opens in 9.5 seconds and can be raised and lowered at speeds up to 31 mph, according to Volkswagen.

Test drivers think the navigation system is user-friendly, though they disagree about whether it has a large enough screen. Reviewers write that the Fender audio system sounds fantastic, and they say it’s convenient that you can open and close the convertible top while driving at parking lot speeds.

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  • "The optional navigation system is easy to use, though its small screen limits usefulness. The premium Fender sound system, on the other hand, is well worth the extra cost and provides impressive sound quality." -- Edmunds
  • "Audio and/or navigation units mount high in the center of the dash, a few inches to the right of the wheel. All feature a good-size touchscreen display, flanking function-select buttons, and rotary knobs for volume, radio tuning and similar adjustments." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "But one item worth special mention, if you can pop for one of the top-line trims, is the terrific Fender Audio System. It's easy to operate and delivers great sound. If you're an audiophile, you need to check this out." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "Impatient by nature, I quickly fell in love with the ability to raise or lower the top while entering and leaving parking lots, and also with the stunningly crisp, clean sound of the Fender audio system." -- Motor Trend (2013)

Cargo

The 2015 Volkswagen Beetle has 15.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 29.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Many rival hatchbacks offer a larger cargo area, though the Beetle’s cargo capacity exceeds that of most small sedans. The Beetle convertible has 7.1 cubic feet of trunk space and reviewers say it is difficult to access.

  • "It may not be as functional as some other small (and less expensive) cars such as the Ford Focus or the Volkswagen Golf, but compared to other high-fashion compacts like the Fiat 500 and Mini Cooper, it's no contest, as the Beetle boasts a backseat and trunk that are actually usable." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "The tiny little trunk holds just 7.1 cubic feet of junk, and access is tight. A big suitcase will not fit - you're better off dropping the convertible top and tossing your bags in the back seat." -- Forbes (2013)
Review Last Updated: 1/26/15

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