A classic icon has received numerous modern updates in the past decade while still retaining its old charm. This year however… this year the 2016 Beetle has stepped up its game. Big time.
For starters, the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle has brought with it three new color options to its already diverse variety. Silk Blue Metallic, although not new to the Volkswagen brand, is newly placed on the Beetle, while a new Dark Bronze Metallic has been introduced. But perhaps the most exciting color option added is quite unique and spicy…
Habanero Orange Metallic.
This fiery addition is quite orange as you can see below and although it has a reddish tinge, it is certainly distinguishable from Tornado Red. The ‘metallic’ makes it even spicier by adding in metal flakes to make the orange really sparkle. The boldest Beetle color next to Yellow Rush, this color is not for the conservative; while driving the short distance that I did, it attracted quite a few chasing eyes.
2016 Beetle Convertible in Habanero Orange Metallic. Trim: SE, Engine: 1.8T, Wheels: 17″ Turbine, black leatherette interior.
2016 trim levels have expanded a bit, with a Wolfsburg Edition, S, SE, SEL, TDI SE, TDI SEL, R-Line, R-Line SE, R-Line SEL, Dune (special edition coupe model), and Denim (special edition convertible model), and been renamed for clarity.
The 2016 Beetle has been updated both externally and internally. It still pays homage to its classic ancestor with bubbly curves and a happy smile, but has been substantially modernized. A lower and flatter roof line has been established along with a more upright windshield. Paint colors and wheel styles are in abundance, with 17″, 18″, or 19″ sizes offered depending upon trim level. As always, it is available in a coupe or convertible.
The Beetle comes with a 1.8T or 2.0T engine. For those with a greater taste for style, a turbocharged 1.8L with a six speed automatic is offered at a lesser price than its turbocharged 2.0L counterpart (with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed DSG auto), which is for the more speed oriented. Regardless of the engine, the 2016 Beetle is pretty quick and responsive with good acceleration and braking, smooth shifting, and a comfortable ride.
It is worth noting that Volkswagen has introduced a Beetle 1.8T Wolfsburg Edition (listed above). The Wolfsburg takes over as the base Beetle model, while still packing in the features.
The interior of the Beetle remains as clean and simple as ever, keeping true to the Beetle style. V-tex leatherette seating is standard, complete with a leather wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, and e-brake. And heated seats! Heated seats come standard at every trim level as well.
The biggest changes to the 2016 Beetle lineup are technology based as Volkswagen has integrated its Modular Infotainment System (MIB II) system and Car-Net connectivity systems -Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink- into 2016 models at SE and above trims. All trim levels, however, now come with either a 5″ or 6.3″ touchscreen, which is cleaner and easier to use than before.
Looking for features standard in all trim levels? Bluetooth, a 8-speaker sound system, USB/auxiliary ports, climate control, power adjustable heated mirrors, cruise control, multi-function display, variable intermittent windshield wipers with heated washer nozzles, and keyless entry are your basic options.
I think it is safe to say that no matter the trim, the 2016 Beetle packs in some serious options and technology. Of course, the higher the trim the wider selection of features, but that’s a different story (and probably a future review). But for now, you’ve read the jist of what the 2016 Beetle has brought to the car game, and it’s quite a bit.
The SE trim level comes standard with a rearview camera, Car-Net, 6.3″ touchscreen AM/FM/HD radio and CD player with USB and auxiliary, 8-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, voice control, SiriusXM, power adjustable heated mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control, push button start, TPMS, and more.