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Edmunds Woodstock. Fahrvergnugen. That silly little bud vase. Ferdinand Porsche. Flower power. Austin Powers. Herbie. Your sister's car in college. Now that we've got all the possible references to its illustrious two predecessors out of the way, the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle has a better chance to stand on its own. For, if you put aside its historic DNA, you're left with an intriguing compact car that strips away the function of a more conventional hatchback like the VW Golf in favor of distinctive styling inside and out. You also have one of the only affordable four-seat convertibles on the market. Beneath its styling is essentially a mix-and-match of mechanical components, features and interior switchgear coming from the previous-generation Golf and current-generation Jetta. That's a good thing. Importantly, it shares its available engines, including the powerfully responsive and surprisingly efficient turbocharged 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, with the Golf GTI and Jetta GLI. Unfortunately, the driving experience for Beetle is more in line with the disappointing Jetta - even the R-Line model - because of the car's lackluster handling and steering. Also, like the rest of the family, the Beetle's TDI diesel model is on hiatus as Volkswagen works to clean up its emissions system. There are other issues to consider, including compromised rear visibility (especially in the convertible) and less rear passenger and cargo space than you'll find in a conventional hatchback like the Golf or even traditional coupes like the Kia Forte Koup and Scion tC. In its favor, though, the Beetle is indeed roomier and more useful than the other high-style compact coupes and convertibles it mainly competes with: the Mini Cooper and Fiat 500. The Mini is sportier to drive and the 500 easier to park. Really, you can't go wrong here. But for a car with significant history backing it, well, the choice should be obvious. 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible configurations The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle is a two-door hatchback or convertible. There are 1.8T and R-Line models that are further broken down into S, SE and SEL trim levels. The base S coupe comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, full power accessories, keyless entry, cruise control, air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 50/50-split folding rear seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 5-inch touchscreen interface and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, auxiliary audio jack, USB port and a media player interface. There is no R-Line S coupe. The 1.8T SE coupe adds 17-inch wheels, a rearview camera, heated front seats, V-Tex premium vinyl upholstery, three-color ambient lighting, a 6.3-inch touchscreen, VW Car-Net smartphone integration features and satellite radio. The R-Line SE is equipped similarly, but has a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch wheels, foglights, special exterior and interior styling elements, upgraded gauges, sport seats and sport cloth upholstery. The 1.8T SEL coupe builds on the 1.8T SE with 18-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a blind-spot warning system, a navigation system, extra Car-Net functions and on the coupe, keyless ignition and entry. The R-Line SEL differs with 19-inch wheels, automatic bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, leather upholstery, a Fender premium audio system and the R-Line SE's various performance and styling upgrades. The Beetle Convertible 1.8T S differs from its coupe counterpart with 17-inch wheels, a power-retractable roof, heated front seats, V-Tex upholstery and three-color ambient lighting. There is also an R-Line S convertible that adds the appropriate performance and styling upgrades. The 1.8T SE and R-Line SE convertibles differ only from their coupe counterparts with the addition of keyless ignition and entry. The 1.8T and R-Line SEL are identically equipped to their coupe counterparts. The Lighting package adds bi-xenon headlights and LED running lights. 2016 Highlights The latest Volkswagen touchscreen interface is standard throughout the Beetle lineup, while all but the new 1.8T S base model get the new VW Car-Net App-Connect smartphone connectivity features. The lineup has also been simplified, with trim levels replacing the previous grouping of trim levels and packages. A new lighting package debuts and there are new colors for the fashion-oriented Beetle. Finally, the Beetle TDI is unlikely to be sold for 2016 as Volkswagen works to make its diesel-powered engine emissions-compliant. - INSTALLED FEATURES: Air Filtration, Front Air Conditioning, Front Air Conditioning Zones: Single, Airbag Deactivation: Occupant Sensing Passenger, Front Airbags: Dual, Side Airbags: Front, Side Curtain Airbags: Front, Antenna Type: Diversity, Auxiliary Audio Input: Bluetooth, In-Dash CD: MP3 Playback, Radio Data System, Radio: AM/FM, Satellite Radio: Siriusxm, Speed Sensitive Volume Control, Total Speakers: 8, ABS: 4-Wheel, Braking Assist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Front Brake Diameter: 11.3, Front Brake Type: Ventilated Disc, Front Brake Width: 1.0, Power Brakes, Rear Brake Diameter: 10.7, Rear Brake Type: Disc, Rear Brake Width: 0.4, Floor Mat Material: Carpet, Floor Material: Carpet, Floor Mats: Front, Interior Accents: Color Keyed, Parking Brake Trim: Leather, Shift Knob Trim: Leather, Steering Wheel Trim: Leather, Ambient Lighting: Color-Adjustable, Cargo Area Light, Cargo Cover, Center Console: Front Console With Armrest and Storage, Cruise Control, Cupholders: Front, Dimming Rearview Mirror: Manual Day/Night, Easy Entry: Manual Driver Seat, Multi-Function Remote: Panic Alarm, One-Touch Windows: 2, Power Outlet(s): 12V Front and Rear, Power Steering: Variable/Speed-Proportional, Push-Button Start, Reading Lights: Front, Retained Accessory Power, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls: Audio, Steering Wheel: Tilt and Telescopic, Storage: Door Pockets, Vanity Mirrors: Dual, Axle Ratio: 3.87, Body Side Moldings: Black, Door Handle Color: Body-Color, Front Bumper Color: Body-Color, Grille Color: Black, Mirror Color: Body-Color, Rear Bumper Color: Body-Color, Rear Spoiler Color: Body-Color, Rear Spoiler: Lip, Window Trim: Chrome, Connected In-Car Apps: App Marketplace Integration, Infotainment: Android Auto Ready, Clock, Digital Odometer, External Temperature Display, Fuel Economy Display: MPG, Gauge: Tachometer, Multi-Function Display, Trip Computer, Trip Odometer, Warnings and Reminders: Lamp Failure Low Fuel Engine Oil Coolant, Daytime Running Lights, Headlights: Auto On/Off, Side Mirror Adjustments: Manual Folding, Side Mirrors: Heated, Convertible Rear Window: Glass, Convertible Roof: Power, Automatic Hazard Warning Lights, Body Side Reinforcements: Side Impact Door Beams, Camera System: Rearview, Child Seat Anchors: Latch System, Crumple Zones: Front, Emergency Interior Trunk Release, Energy Absorbing Steering Column, Impact Absorbing Bumpers, Impact Sensor: Door Unlock, Rearview Monitor: In Dash, Rollover Protection System, Safety Brake Pedal System, Emergency Locking Retractors: Front, Front Seatbelts: 3-Point, Rear Seatbelts: 3-Point, Seatbelt Force Limiters: Front, Seatbelt Pretensioners: Front, Seatbelt Warning Sensor: Front, Driver Seat Manual Adjustments: Height, Driver Seat: Heated, Front Headrests: Adjustable, Front Seat Type: Bucket, Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments: Height, Passenger Seat: Heated, Rear Headrests: Adjustable, Rear Seat Folding: Split, Rear Seat Type: 50-50 Split Bench, Upholstery: Leatherette, 2-Stage Unlocking Doors, Anti-Theft System: Engine Immobilizer, Power Door Locks: Auto-Locking, Hill Holder Control, Stability Control, Traction Control, Steering Ratio: 16.3, Turns Lock-To-Lock: 3.0, Front Shock Type: Gas, Front Spring Type: Coil, Front Stabilizer Bar: Diameter 22 Mm, Front Struts: Macpherson, Front Suspension Classification: Independent, Front Suspension Type: Lower Control Arms, Rear Shock Type: Gas, Rear Spring Type: Coil, Rear Stabilizer Bar: Diameter 18 Mm, Rear Suspension Classification: Independent, Rear Suspension Type: Multi-Link, Satellite Communications: Car-Net, Wireless Data Link: Bluetooth, Spare Tire Mount Location: Inside, Spare Tire Size: Temporary, Spare Wheel Type: Steel, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Tire Type: All Season, Wheels: Alloy, Front Wipers: Variable Intermittent, Heated Windshield Washer Jets, Power Windows: Safety Reverse, Window Defogger: Rear, Rubber Mats, Wind Deflector
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