Best Small Ride for the Tall Ones, it's True Love!
By Greta on Tuesday, May 3, 2016
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,000
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "size, interior/headroom, comfy seats, good on gas"
Cons: "feel on rough road, quirky electronics"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I first drove a New Beetle in 2004 or thereabouts. It was Sunflower Yellow. While I knew I'd never own a yellow car (too conspicuous) I was floored by the solid feeling, all the interior space -- especially the head room, given I'm 6' tall -- and the comfortable "adult" feeling seats. I lived in the city then and only rented cars a handful of times per year, but I always requested that lemony Beetle, for as long as the rental company had it in service. Having been car free for over two decades, I viewed cars as utilitarian (not luxury) tools. The New Beetle fit that bill, with the bonus of a kicky exterior, and the solid feel of a much bigger vehicle. I knew I'd found the car I'd buy if I ever needed to buy one. ~|~ Fast forward a decade plus: I move just far enough into the 'burbs to need a small vehicle. Time for my New Beetle! Only they haven't made them for five years, and I'm not interested in the current squashed remodel (which no longer looks like a Beetle). Imagine my glee when I happened upon a basic, affordable 2008 NB Coupe S with relatively low mileage at a dealer right around the corner -- in dark metallic gray, with leather interior and Monsoon sound system. All the right stuff, nothing else needed, thanks! ~|~ What a DREAM this little vehicle is. Such a pleasure to drive, hugs the road like a big boy, my music sounds great in it, my head doesn't come anywhere near the roof, and it's good on gas even in the city. I've even embraced the flower vase, which I'd previously made fun of. I knocked a point off in a few categories because it tends to drive like a sports car on rough roads -- i.e. you feel the road -- and it exhibits the same signs every VW NB does as it ages (other owners I know agree): odd little electronic quirks. After driving the rental a few times I became familiar with things like over-sensitive tire pressure alerts, and minor fob, lock or trunk quirks. While these don't bother me, they might bother some. I also know men who would never own one. (I'm female. Purportedly, ditching the vase and squashing the top were just some of VW's tactics to attract male buyers.) For me, VW's New Beetle was/is the perfect Point-A-to-Point-B car, and I never want to drive anything else. Don't make me get a new one!"
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