With a design that clearly favors the exterior silhouette over interior accommodations, the 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle makes some pronounced sacrifices in terms of backseat space. Headroom in back is severely limited, even if it's acceptable in coupes. In convertibles, you’ll be hard-pressed to fit any adult back there, as the contour of the seat is different.
"The front seats are roomy," Edmunds reports of the Volkswagen New Beetle, "but the same can hardly be said of the back." The situation is exacerbated when the front seats are moved back; "the sloping hatch creates a nearly unusable rear seat," says Kelley Blue Book.
Cars.com reports what most of us already know by looking at the New Beetle: "Unfortunately, this design also infringes on rear headroom, and backseat legroom is limited." They do note "the rear seatback folds down for additional storage space." At least "access to the back seat is easy," thanks to a nifty seat mechanism, Car and Driver observes.
Although there’s plenty of space in front, the driving position can take some getting used to, as the dash slopes far away from the driver. Ride quality is a plus; the New Beetle soaks up larger bumps without wallowing. Cars.com says that the New Beetle "delivers a superior ride; the suspension absorbs plenty of road imperfections.”