2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Interior
Behind the steering wheel the Beetle pilot faces three round gauges containing the tachometer, speedometer, and fuel gauge. Housed within the centrally mounted speedometer, is a multifunction display offering (depending upon how your Beetle is equipped), trip, entertainment system, and/or navigation system readouts.
If you get a Beetle Turbo w/ Sunroof, Sound & Navigation, your seats will be upholstered in leather; any other Turbo leaves you perched on cloth. If you go 2.5L you’ll sit either on cloth, or Volkswagen’s “Leatherette” vinyl—if you get Sunroof & Sound, or Sunroof Sound & Navigation. A high-grade material, most occupants will assume it’s leather, unless they’re told otherwise.
The dash, upper door panels and even the steering wheel bring the exterior color of the Beetle inside the car and the Turbo adds a pod of three gauges to the top of the dash for monitoring oil, water and the electrical system. Another Turbo touch is brushed aluminum pedals with rubber inserts.
Regardless of the Beetle model you choose, you’ll get power windows, Bluetooth hands-free calling for your phone and an iPod interface. As you move up in the trim levels, you’ll add things like a leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel, keyless access with push-button start, and the aforementioned multifunction trip computer.
The “sound” portion of the Sunroof, Sound & Navigation package comes courtesy of Fender audio. While the company is probably best known for its line of electric guitars and amplifiers, turns out it makes a darn good car audio system too.