2016 Volkswagen Beetle Coupe

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Coupe
2016 Volkswagen Beetle Coupe

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Coupe


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  • Fuel Economy: 24 mpg City, 33 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.8 L Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4, 170 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 4
  • Doors: 2

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  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles

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NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

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Specifications for 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Coupe

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver And Passenger Side Airbag Head Extension
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • Siriusxm Traffic Real-Time Traffic Display
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Wireless Streaming
    • Window Grid And Roof Mount Antenna
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls, Radio Data System and External Memory Control
    • Radio: AM/FM/HD 6.3" Touchscreen Nav w/CD Player -inc: Discover Media, USB, aux-in, VW Car-Net Security and Service (connected car service - limited subscription), VW Car-Net App-Connect smartphone integration and interface, VW Car-Net Guide and Inform enhanced navigation and infotainment, 8-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity and SiriusXM satellite radio (limited subscription)
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 17" Heritage Black Alloy
    • Tires: 17" AS
    • Wheels w/Chrome Hub Covers
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Bodyside Moldings and Chrome Bodyside Insert
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
  • Interior Features
    • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Dashboard Storage, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest w/Storage
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Immobilizer III Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
    • Heated Front Comfort Seats -inc: manually adjustable front seats w/manual lumbar support
    • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
    • 6-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
    • 50-50 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Fixed Rear Windows
    • 4 Person Seating Capacity
    • Leather Steering Wheel
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Rigid Cargo Cover
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Full Floor Console w/Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • 2-Tone Cloth & V-Tex Leatherette Seating Surfaces -inc: contrast stitching
    • Leather Gear Shift Knob
    • Interior Trim -inc: Body-Colored Instrument Panel Insert, Body-Colored Door Panel Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Glove Box
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • Cruise Control
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Valet Function
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Front Cupholder
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 1.8L TSI 170 HP Turbocharged 4-Cylinder -inc: direct injection
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Sequential Shift Control
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 3.87 Axle Ratio
    • Engine Oil Cooler
    • 60-Amp/Hr 330CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 140 Amp Alternator
    • 3990# Gvwr 833# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 14.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.3
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.7
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 15.4
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 29.9
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 330
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 140
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 1.8 L/110
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 170 @ 6200
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 184 @ 1500
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 100
    • Length, Overall (in) - 168.4
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 71.2
    • Height, Overall (in) - 58.5
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.2
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 60.9
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 5.7
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 14.5
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 4
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 85.1
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.4
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.3
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 55.3
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.1
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 31.4
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 49
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 28
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 24
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 33
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 35.4
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Volkswagen Beetle Coupe
    • Body Style - Hatchback
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P215/55HR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P215/55HR17
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.46
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.50
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.56
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.14
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.85
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.67
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.19
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.87
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Compact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.3
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3012
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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  • Pure White

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 20 years since the Volkswagen Beetle was reborn, as the New Beetle. Thankfully, they don’t call it New any more, and it’s been redesigned a couple of times since then, but the 2016 Beetle continues the successful idea. It’s not trendy any more, now it’s mostly just fun, functional, and classic. If you don’t need a hatchback, it could be for you.

Like the Mustang, the Beetle pulls off retro. It retains its classic style in a world that keeps changing styles. Underneath, the front-wheel-drive chassis is contemporary.

The Beetle looks happy. In fact, that’s its appeal, and its identity.

The Beetle instrumentation is simple, to bring back the days of the old Beetle when life was simple, and bless Volkswagen’s loyal heart. But still there’s most of the modern digital stuff that sometimes makes it simpler.

There’s a Beetle convertible as well as a coupe. The base engine is a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 170 horsepower, or an R-Line model making 210 horsepower from a 2.0-liter turbo. There are four transmissions: a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, and 6-speed dual clutch.

The Beetle 1.8T with 1.8-liter turbocharged gas engine comes as Beetle S, Beetle SE, or Beetle SEL; while the R-Line with 2.0-liter turbocharged engine comes in SE or SEL trim. Also, available for the 2016 Beetle is a new infotainment system with 5.0 or 6.3-inch touchscreens, and USB port.

The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune, inspired by the classic Baja Bugs, features bold exterior styling, raised ground clearance and special interior trim. The Beetle Dune is available as a coupe or convertible.

(The TDI diesel model has been discontinued. If you have one, Volkswagen will buy it back.)

The Beetle coupe earns five stars for safety from NHTSA, while the convertible hasn’t been tested. The IIHS gives the coupe gets decent scores, except only Marginal in the small front overlap test.

Beetle 1.8T gets an EPA-rated 25/34/28 miles per gallon City/Highway/Combined, with either the manual or automatic transmission. The 210-hp Beetle R-Line coupe gets 24/31/27 mpg with the dual-clutch, or one less combined mpg with the 6-speed manual.


The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle 1.8T S includes fabric seats, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, automatic headlights, and Bluetooth. Beetle R-Line models also get 18- or 19-inch wheels, sports suspension, special bumpers, foglights, gloss black exterior trim, red-painted brake calipers, aluminum pedals, and sports seats.

Options include navigation, sunroof, and VW’s Car-Net connectivity system. There are also wheels available that are intended to harken back the old Beetle, like the dashboard does.


The current-generation Beetle was designed to look more muscular than earlier generations. It’s more bulky and less plump, with a chopped greenhouse. It’s attractive, with flattened arches and subtle flares.

We’re a sucker for the retro Circle wheels, black or white, that make the alloys look like they’re wearing a chrome hubcap.


The cabin is clean and flowing, circles and ovals, with controls that are simple and easy to reach. It’s handsome and well laid-out. Up front there’s plenty of leg, head, and hip room. The seats are firm enough, flat bottomed and easy to sit in for long drives. The R-Lines have more bolstering.

The rear is tight, allegedly room for three adults in seats that are narrower and shorter than the fronts, but realistically a part-time four-seater at best. Legroom scarcely exists unless the front seats are slid totally forward.

There are a lot of small storage nooks and bins, including a dish on the dash.

Trunk space is good for a compact, 15.4 cubic feet; and the trunk opens to the cabin when the rear seats fold flat, giving 30 cubic feet. Not quite a hatchback, but that helps. The convertible has a bit less room in the trunk because of its wind guard, but there is a pass-through between the rear seats. The guard cuts down wind buffeting when the top is down, but ours wobbled and vibrated.

Driving Impressions

The Beetle’s 1.8-liter turbocharged four makes 170 horsepower with a solid 184 pound-feet of torque, with either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. It was a new engine last year, way better than the 2.5-liter 5-cylinder it replaced. It has plenty of power for most needs.

The R-Line makes 210 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, from its 2.0 turbo. It’s quicker of course than the 1.8T, but not that quick, no even with a light 3042 pounds of curb weight. That’s with the 5-speed, it’s a bit heavier with the 6-speed dual clutch. Well worth it. The VW dual clutch is the best going.

The Beetle gives a soft and comfortable ride, but still corners well, and fairly flat. The steering and brakes feel remote, however, lacking communication with the driver.

The cabin is noisy, especially the R-Lines. Wind, tire, and engine noise combine to make a dull roar.

The convertible chassis is a bit heavier and a bit more flexible, but it only feels different when you put the top down. Suddenly the Beetle makes sense. After all, we did say that the Beetle’s identity was happiness.


The Beetle remains a car you buy for its statement about yourself. If it’s judged solely on performance and practicality, it can be beaten in function for the money.

Sam Moses contributed to this report, with driving impressions by The Car Connection staff.

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