Volkswagen Beetle
Volkswagen Beetle
Volkswagen Beetle

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Denim convertible

Pros: Unique retro looks; good build quality; peppy acceleration; availability of slick, stylish convertible body style

Cons: Swoopy styling takes precedence over ergonomics; pricier than similarly equipped Golfs and Jettas; cramped back seat

CG Says: The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle gets a new infotainment touchscreen. Most models also gain improved smartphone connectivity. The model lineup has been changed and a new Dune version has been added. Dune pays tribute to the dune buggies based on the original VW Beetle. It has a slightly higher ride height and wider stance. The current-generation Beetle is just as style-driven as the New Beetle was, but it’s also more practical in everyday terms, feels more substantial, and is arguably better to drive. Trouble is, it costs a fair bit more than a comparably equipped version of the related Golf or Jetta, which offer many of the same virtues, plus far better rear-seat and cargo room. So what we have here is another nostalgia trip that makes sense if you love the styling, can accept the compromises that go with it, and are willing to pay for the privilege.

The Facts
Class Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door hatchback coupe, 2-door convertible
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices 1.8T S coupe: $19,795
1.8T S convertible: $25,490
1.8T SE coupe: $21,350
1.8T SE convertible: $28,070
Dune coupe: $23,995
Denim convertible: $25,995
1.8T SEL coupe: $25,975
1.8T SEL convertible: $30,500
R-Line S convertible: $29,790
R-Line SE coupe: $25,995
R-Line SE convertible: $31,570
R-Line SEL coupe: $32,245
R-Line SEL convertible: $35,745

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (R-Line)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automated manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune coupe
2016 Volkswagen Beetle R-Line coupe