The previous-generation New Beetle, on the other hand, was decidedly feminine--right down to the bud vase in the dash. This time around, Volkswagen hopes to find a balance that keeps the fans of the previous "chick car" while bringing in new buyers--mostly men.
A longer body, flatter roof line, wider haunches, and heritage details combine to give the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle a fresh-yet-classic look. The hood is flatter than the New Beetle's, and the windshield is set at a steeper pitch--which coincidentally eliminates the expansive sea of dashboard inside the cabin.
Sporty cues like the spoiler and graphics of the Turbo model, larger wheels (up to 19 inches), and xenon headlights help give the Beetle more edge, too. Special-edition models decked out in eponymous '50s, '60s, and '70s style offer a set of ready-made looks. Of the three, we find the wheels of the '50s models compelling, as well as the retro-chic Toffee Brown of the '70s models.
Inside, the cabin carries the exterior's heritage-meets-hip theme through to body-color plastic panels (optionally carbon fiber-look on Turbo models), a simple but clean button and center-stack layout, and gauges framed by a flat-bottom steering wheel. The upright feeling really captures the essence of the original, without looking like it's trying too hard.