The Kraut engineers were running on overtime when they worked on the New Beetle. In order to drain the oil on our NB convertible, you either use an extractor or you have to remove an aluminum stiffner for the frame. The black forest elves used 15 fasteners of 3 different sizes to put the panel on.
I have a PELA extractor now.
On the same subject, the only car I have ever seen with a drain for the oil filter is the same VW. I can drain the filter before loosening it. NO MESS.