The version of the Beetle launched in 2011 comes with a flatter roof than previous models. New for 2014 is the R-Line, a trim level that features a more powerful engine.

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Electric power steering helps save fuel, and is tuned for heft and a natural feel.

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The Beetle R-Line's suspension proved a bit soft for serious canyon carving.

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The 2-liter four-cylinder engine uses direct injection and a turbocharger to make 210 horsepower.

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These 19-inch wheels come as part of the top option package.

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As a styling cue, the new Beetle references the original model's running boards.

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This big spoiler is part of the R-Line trim.

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Sport seats are comfortable, well-bolstered, and include manual height adjustment.

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Rear buckets are designed for two passengers.

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Hard plastics cover the dashboard, lessening the appearance of cabin quality.

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An R logo graces the steering wheel.

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The speedometer dominates the instrument cluster, while the tachometer sits off to the side, which isn't exactly a sport-focused arrangement.

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This gauge pod includes a lap timer and shows turbo boost.

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Buyers can choose this six-speed manual or six-speed automated manual.

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Three pedals, with what Volkswagen calls "aluminum-look" covers, come with the Beetle R-Line.

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The Fender audio system comes as part of the Sun and Sound, or the Sun, Sound, and Nav packages.

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The glove box includes upper and lower compartments.

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This navigation system works fine, but uses a small screen and offers few features.

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Bluetooth audio streaming does not show album art, nor does it let you choose music.

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Volkswagen includes a Lightning adapter for its proprietary media device connector.

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With an iPhone plugged into the media connector, you can browse a music library.

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The music playback screen for an iPhone includes song and artist information.

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