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MSRP: $20,295 - $34,895
Invoice: $19,483 - $33,499
MPG: 22 City / 29 Hwy
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Volkswagen Beetle Interior

Reviewers say the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle has perfectly acceptable materials, adequate cabin and trunk space and comfortable seating. Cargo space is good compared with other retro-styled cars like the Mini Cooper and Fiat 500. However, hatchbacks like the VW Golf have nicer interiors and more cargo space, they say. Test drivers agree that the Beetle’s interior delivers retro style and thoroughly modern features, adding that the Beetle’s optional navigation system is straightforward and easy to use.

  • "The 2014 Beetle's interior uses nicer materials than that of the cut-rate Jetta, though the Golf is still the winner here. At least the dashboard can be dressed up with body-color inserts (or metallic ones on the R-Line), which is a must when you're competing against MINI and Fiat." -- AutoTrader
  • "The 2014 VW Beetle's cabin draws design inspiration from the original flower-power model, yet includes the same features, controls and construction as modern Volkswagens." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior has grown up, too. 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

Seating

The 2014 VW Beetle seats four and comes standard with leatherette seats, heated, manually-adjustable front seats, a tilt and telescoping steering column and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Critics say the Beetle has enough room to accommodate tall drivers, it’s easy to adjust the steering wheel and that the front seats are supportive. There’s adequate room in the back seat, though headroom is limited, reviewers note.

  • "The Beetle's 2-person backseat is certainly usable, but headroom in the hatchback (or with the convertible top in place) is naturally limited by the sloping rear roof line." -- AutoTrader
  • "Despite its seemingly low roof line, the Beetle still provides plenty of room for tall drivers. The backseat is also fairly spacious, though not as roomy as the related Volkswagen Golf." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "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

The base 2014 VW Beetle comes with an eight-speaker stereo with a CD player, an auxiliary port, an iPod adapter, Bluetooth with audio streaming, a trip computer, multi-color ambient lighting and VW's Car-Net system, which links car security, maintenance and navigation features to a compatible smartphone app. Also standard is Volkswagen’s Intelligent Crash Response System, which automatically unlocks doors, turns on hazard lights on and cuts the fuel line in the event of a collision. Optional features include an eight-speaker Fender sound system, satellite radio, navigation, keyless access with push-button start, a panoramic sunroof and a rearview camera.

Reviewers say VW has managed to blend the Beetle’s trademark style with today’s tech. They’re very impressed with the dynamics of the optional Fender sound system and say it’s worth the splurge. Most test drivers agree that the controls are straightforward and the navigation system is simple to use.

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  • "The optional navigation system is easy to use, though its small screen limits usefulness." -- Edmunds
  • “But time, and technology continue to move on, and the technology seen in the GSR is definitely top shelf." -- Left Lane News
  • "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)

Cargo

The 2014 Beetle has 15.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 29.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats folded. Many rival hatchbacks offer more space but the Beetle offers a comparable amount of space to many sedans. The Beetle convertible has 7.1 cubic feet of cargo space, but a smaller trunk isn’t unusual for a convertible. Reviewers say that though rival hatchbacks offer more cargo room, the Beetle offers a decent amount of usable space.

  • "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 Convertible)
Review Last Updated: 5/12/14

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