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2019 Volkswagen Beetle


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2019 Volkswagen Beetle Interior Review


Interior: 6.5

The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle has a good-looking cabin with a stylish design, but there are too many low-rent materials for it to measure up to most rivals' interiors. The rear seats are on the small side, but the front seats are comfortable and supportive. There's a user-friendly infotainment system, but it seems a little dated compared to other systems.

  • "The upholstery is the only change, though, and it's not enough to attract someone who wasn't already interested in a Beetle, since the car still suffers from a number of cheap plastics and severely diminished rear-seat room and cargo space." -- Autoblog
  • "Appropriate to the car's mission, the Beetle's cabin strives to be eye-catching on a budget. Big dashboard and door panels glossily finished in the exterior body color liven things up, as do textured leatherette seats and myriad metallic-trim bits. But this isn't a fancy interior; soft-touch dashboard materials are in short supply." -- Consumer Reports (2018)
  • "The Beetle's interior is clean and simple with easy-to-use controls and a center armrest." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)


Both coupe and convertible models seat four on standard cloth upholstery. Front sport seats, synthetic or genuine leather upholstery, and heated front seats are available in coupe models. Synthetic leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard in convertible models. There are two sets of LATCH connectors in the back for installing child safety seats.

The front seats have enough room for almost anyone. They're comfortable and remain supportive even on long drives. The only downside is that the seatback's recline adjustment knob is tough to reach. The rear seats aren't adult-friendly, but neither are they the smallest rear seats in the class. The sloping roofline and thick roof supports limit visibility out the back.

  • "The wide and flat front seats are accommodating and generally supportive. There is a manual adjustment for lumbar, and seat recline is done with a crank knob on the side of the seat. This classic European design allows continuous adjustment of the recline angle, which is a welcome trait, but some found it difficult to reach and turn." -- Consumer Reports (2018)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Beetle include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and the MIB II infotainment system with a 5-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker audio system, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Convertible models also come with a power-folding soft top.

Available features include a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, front and rear parking sensors, and an upgraded infotainment system with a 6.3-inch touch screen, a Fender audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, and VW Car-Net smartphone integration, which includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The VW's infotainment system is easy to use, but some of the controls are a bit hard to read. The biggest issue with the Beetle's system is that it isn't as high-tech as the systems in some competitors.

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  • "Not too challenging to master, despite some minor design flaws. The climate controls are three simple knobs; their markings are a bit difficult to read. The base radio is one of the simplest on the market, with actual knobs and buttons for all functions, even presets. (The uplevel touch-screen radio is easy enough to use as well.)" -- Consumer Reports (2018)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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)


Beetle coupe models have 15.4 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats and 29.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. That's a decent amount for the class, but some hatchback rivals offer significantly more space. The sloping roofline makes it tough to fit large or bulky items. Beetle convertible models have only 7.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which is poor for the class. There are several places – including two glove boxes – to store small personal items.

  • "This is a hatchback, meaning tall items will be limited by the sloping rear hatch." -- Consumer Reports (2018)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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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