The Volkswagen Beetle sees some of the trim lines shuffled for the 2014 model year, but largely remains the same on the features and equipment front, except for the removal of last year's Sunroof package (but not the sunroof itself) from the Beetle range. A new rearview camera will be available later in the model year, but only on top-line trim package Beetles.
The base Beetle includes a CD player with auxiliary input jack; leather steering wheel; 17-inch wheels; a split-folding rear seat; Bluetooth; iPod connectivity; heated front seats; and the "kaeferfach" box on the dash, modeled after the classic Beetle's box. Optional upgrades include navigation, sunroof, and premium audio.
The Beetle R-Line replaces last year's Beetle Turbo, bringing with it the R-Line exterior styling and badges. Standard equipment includes most of the optional gear from the base model, plus 18-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, sport seats, and more. Upgrade packages offer navigation, sunroof, and other equipment upgrades.
The Beetle TDI Clean Diesel gets all of the base Beetle's equipment plus 17-inch alloy wheels and a chrome trim package inside and out.
The Beetle Convertible follows a similar model, with features closely matching those of the hardtop, though obviously no sunroof is available. The standard spec of the base Convertible is a bit better, however, with power-adjustable heated side mirrors, cruise control, and ambient lighting also included. Available upgrades include 18-inch alloy wheels, navigation, premium audio, keyless access with push-button start, and a touch-screen radio with Sirius XM capability.
New for 2014 is the Beetle GSR, which mixes the features and equipment of the R-Line with its own unique look. Black and yellow colors and GSR badges inside and out identify the car. Limited to just 3,500 units, the GSR gets black-trimmed leather seats, a high-grip leather-wrapped steering wheel, a leather-wrapped handbrake and shift lever, and yellow contrast stitching.
Notable features in the standard or available Beetle equipment list include a Bluetooth audio streaming system, with steering-wheel-mounted controls that actually work over Bluetooth. A range of '50s, '60s, and '70s appearance packages are also available to give your Beetle a more vintage look and feel.