4 reviews
2016 Volkswagen Beetle
2016 Volkswagen Beetle
MSRP Range $19,595-$34,950 Trims15 Combined MPG 27-29 Seats 4

Our Take on the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle

Our Take

Offered as a coupe or convertible, the retro-themed Volkswagen Beetle can have either of two turbocharged gas engines or a turbo-diesel. The Beetle seats up to four people and competitors include the Mini Cooper and Fiat 500. A newly available multimedia system supports Apple CarPlay and Android... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Firm ride
  • Fuel economy
  • Spongy brakes
  • Rear visibility (convertible)
  • In-cabin storage room
  • Only one cupholder for backseat

Notable Features

  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto available
  • Updated multimedia system
  • New, colorful Dune and Denim trims
  • Hatchback or convertible
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive


Our Expert Reviews

I took the Volkswagen Beetle out for groceries and just kept driving; the cute little coupe's spunky engine and plucky road manners prompted giggles and smiles for miles. The Beetle delivers peppy power and quirky style without the size constraints, reliability failings or ergonomic unfriendliness of some competitors. Compare all three here. For 2016, there's a newly available multim... Read full review for the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle

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My Third Beetle

by Gumball from Rockford, Illinois on September 21, 2016

My first new car was a VW Beetle. When I turned 50 I said, I want another Bug! I got vanity license plates that said GUMBAL1 because the colors, at the time, all looked like the colors in a gumball ma... Read Full Review

15 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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