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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle was new.


Interior: 7.0

Overall, the 2013 VW Beetle’s cabin meets reviewers’ expectations. The four-seat Beetle isn’t the most practical hatchback on the market, but auto critics say cargo space with the rear seats up is good, and they think the front and rear seats are roomy, considering the Beetle’s exterior design.

  • "Too often, efforts to evoke the past in modern incarnations do an injustice to both the past and the present. But the 2013 VW Beetle's interior layout and instrument panel salute the original Beetle while managing to be attractive, functional and up-to-date." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Premium cabin materials and attention to detail result in the kind of high-grade interior we've come to expect from VW." -- Cars.com (2012)
  • "The new A-pillar and dashboard arrangement is vastly better than that of the last car, eliminating virtually all the unnecessary top-of-dash real estate and bringing the windshield into the proper spot. Driving the original New Beetle was always slightly awkward because the long dashboard seemed better-suited to a large van than a small car. Those days are over." -- Left Lane News (2012)


The 2013 VW Beetle seats four, and overall, reviewers think passenger space is pretty good for a two-door hatchback. The front seats fit adults comfortably. One reviewer says that tall adults will have plenty of headroom, even though the roof is low. The VW Beetle has never been known for spacious rear seats, but test drivers report that the Beetle’s second row fits two average-sized adults in moderate comfort. As they expected, it’s too tight for tall adults.

  • "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
  • "Better still, the two rear-seat passengers can actually sit normally - not hunched forward as in the old model." -- Autoblog (2012)
  • "However, this car is still no place for a six-footer - it’s tight back there." -- Popular Mechanics (2012)

Interior Features

The base 2013 VW Beetle comes standard with an eight-speaker stereo, an auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth and a media interface with an iPod cable. Optional features include an eight-speaker Fender sound system, satellite radio, HD Radio and a navigation system.

One auto writer says he had a hard time with the radio. He found that what should have been easy adjustments became a multi-step process. A different reviewer says that the navigation system is straightforward, though he wishes the screen was larger. Many auto critics praise the sound quality of the optional Fender stereo.

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  • "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
  • "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
  • "The radio station controls, displayed in a semi-circle on the dashboard screen, are awkward. Too many steps to do simple things that would be one-touch maneuvers on other vehicles." -- USA Today (2012)
  • "The steering wheel is a nice piece, too, with the two spokes low in the hoop, just as on the original." -- Autoblog (2012)


The 2013 Beetle has 15.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 29.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded. For a small car that’s more about looks than utility, reviewers are satisfied with the amount of cargo space the Beetle offers. They think the space behind the rear seats is good for a small hatchback that prioritizes style.

  • "All told, the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle is a surprisingly well-rounded small car. 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

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