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2017 Volkswagen Beetle Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.4

The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle features an upscale and nicely arranged interior. The dashboard blends the Beetle’s vintage styling and modern technology with crisp precision, though there are a few hard, cheap plastics. The Beetle’s touch-screen infotainment system is easy to operate, and the optional stereo system sounds great. Road noise is kept to a minimum. The Beetle’s rear seats offer more room than some of its rivals, but that’s not saying much. Adults will still be tight on space, but it is adequate room for shorter trips. The Beetle has less cargo space than many hatchback competitors.

  • "Inside, the Dune is refreshingly simple. Other than the old-world climate control switches, there are few buttons cluttering the center console. Instead, VW focused on drawing the observer's eyes toward metallic accents, the yellow-coated dashboard and doors, yellow seat piping, and yellow contrast stitching on the gearshift and steering wheel. Its drop-top is also simple to operate; with the push of a button, you can lower the top in 9.5 seconds and bring it back up again in 11.0 seconds." -- Motor Trend
  • "The Beetle's interior is clean and simple with easy-to-use controls and a center armrest." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cabin is insulated from road, tire and wind noise." -- Edmunds

Seating

The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle seats four and comes standard with cloth upholstery and heated front seats. Leatherette upholstery is available, as are sport seats with greater side support. The Beetle's front seats offer good support and hip-hugging comfort, and it’s easy to find a comfortable driving positon. The rear seats themselves are comfortable as well but provide minimal legroom. They’re best used for shorter trips. Rear visibility is poor in coupe models, due to the Beetle’s pinched rear window and large roof pillars.

  • In either coupe or convertible form, the 2017 VW Beetle has four seats just like the Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-door and Fiat 500. While the VW's rear seats are roomier, it's still tight for adults." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The seats hug you without being oppressive. … Forward and side visibility are just fine, thanks to the large windshield and windows. Rear visibility is compromised due to the large pillars, rear headrests and small rear window. The standard rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors are appreciated." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The 2017 VW Beetle's standard features include a 5-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, and an eight-speaker audio system. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, a nine-speaker Fender audio system, navigation, an infotainment system with a 6.3-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, and VW's Car-Net system, which links car security, maintenance, and navigation features to a compatible smartphone app.

The 2017 Beetle's standard touch-screen display is easy to use. The optional Fender audio system delivers excellent sound quality.

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  • As far as infotainment systems go, the VW Beetle's isn't cutting-edge, but it is relatively easy to use and the screen resolution is sharp enough to read at a quick glance." -- Edmunds
  • "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 2017 Volkswagen Beetle coupe offers 15.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the back seats in place and 29.9 cubic feet with them folded. While the Beetle has a good amount of cargo space for a subcompact car, rival hatchbacks like the Honda Fit and Chevrolet Sonic offer more overall room. The Beetle convertible has 7.1 cubic feet of trunk room, which is rather small for the class.

  • The Beetle's hatchback design gives it a decently sized trunk at 15.4 cubic feet. With the 50/50-split folding rear seats stowed, that capacity expands to 30 cubic feet, but it's important to note that these figures represent loading the space to the ceiling." -- Edmunds
  • "Multiple storage bins hold cell phones and small items. And there's the 'kaeferfach' -- or Beetle bin -- an upper, secondary glove box." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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)

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