Rear Seat Comfort - 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Rear Seat Comfort

February 19, 2013

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

If you're buying a small coupe such as the Volkswagen Beetle, chances are you're not overly concerned about rear seat space. But having sat in the back of our 2012 long-term Beetle, I can say it's actually a decent place to be.

A severe lack of rear headroom was a major fault of the old "New Beetle." But here with the new generation car you have a much more usable amount of headroom for adults. I'm 5-foot 10-inches tall and my head is still about 1 inch below the Beetle's headliner when I'm sitting in back. There's also enough room for my legs and feet if the driver seat is positioned for me. The rear seat also has decent contouring to it, furthering comfort.

For this class of car, I'd say the Beetle's respectably spacious rear seat is an advantage, especially when compared to other small, style-oriented coupes such as the Fiat 500 and Mini Cooper.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 14,621 miles


  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    I'm surprised that it is that comfortable back there. This would be an advantage over other coupes, although irrelevant to me since I prefer sedans anyway.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    I'm 5-8 and once sat in the back of a friend's New Beetle (last gen) for a short drive. My head was just an inch or so below the hard metal bar that was the roof not covered by a headliner. We hit a speed bump and I hit my head so hard my teeth hurt. That turned me off of that generation of Beetle so I'm glad this one is better.

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