Volkswagen New Beetle

Volkswagen New Beetle

About Volkswagen New Beetle

Iconic convertibles seem to be making a comeback, and there is no ragtop more iconic than the VW Beetle. The 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible makes a great looking drop-top and offers the power, safety and comfort that was, obviously, not part of the first-generation Bug. The engine is up front, as are the drive wheels, but with the top retracted the feel from behind the wheel is very much just like old times. Stereotypes aside, the New Beetle convertible is one of the few practical drop tops that can be enjoyed by anyone with a modest budget and a love of fresh air. A word of warning: if you want one you'd better move quick, because VW has announced this will be the final year for the New Beetle Convertible and its replacement is uncertain.

2010 Volkswagen New Beetle
What's new for 2010?
2010 Volkswagen New Beetle

In its final year, the 2010 New Beetle is reduced to a single trim and offers only a few options.

2009 Volkswagen New Beetle
What's new for 2009?
2009 Volkswagen New Beetle

The New Beetle is reduced to one, well equipped trim level. New features for 2009 include heated seats and washer nozzles, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and a leather handbrake cover.

2008 Volkswagen New Beetle
What's new for 2008?
2008 Volkswagen New Beetle

The new trim level names are S and SE. Volkswagen has deleted fog lights, leather seating and rain-sensing wipers from all models, but has added a tire pressure monitoring system as standard equipment.

2007 Volkswagen New Beetle
What's new for 2007?
2007 Volkswagen New Beetle

New colors and a Special Edition trim (late arrival) mark the big changes for 2007. Powertrain choices are reduced to one: A new 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine.

Consumer Reviews

Fun, zippy, great mileage

By on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 126,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "mileage"

Cons: "cramped in the backseat"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I love the TDIs. I get about 47mpg highway in this, no major problems with it at all. The two door is sometimes a hassle, but it's a sporty, fun car with great gas mileage. Handles much better than a Prius, too!"

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Not worth the money

By on Friday, May 29, 2009

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

"Not only is the car more expensive to fix than a BMW, I had one problem after the other. I put new breaks (front AND back), a waterpump, ball joints, and more into it in less than six months. I put about $1,000 into the car, and I still have problems. VW's are known for electrical problems and it has proven to be true in my case. It does get pretty good mileage, about 32-34 MPG but it is not worth all the trouble and money when I only owned the car for two years."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

THE WORST CAR EVER BUILT

By on Sunday, October 28, 2007

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

"Bought the car brand new. Now with 40,000 in 6.5 years. VW was great with their handicapped driver program. The car got great safety ratings. So, it was a no brainer. Well, that was the END of the satisfaction. Poor gas mileage, that has never improved.(15city/19hwy) Many electrical problems, WAY TOO MANY RECALLS!!!(15 so far) Some for the same issue. Poor engineering, quality, & reliability. Dealerships are not equipped to take care of the problems.(I have tryed 4 in my area.) Every plastic piece on the car that could possably fall off, HAS. AND, what is up with the "Stewart Little" sunvisors??? I think they should have kept this car on the drawing board. This is definatly NOT a Volkswagen like I remeber. DO NOT BUY ONE OF THESE CARS!!! NEW OR USED."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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