Used 2007 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback
Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback
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The New Beetle remains a popular choice among those seeking a less conventional mode of transportation. Touting a shape based on the original Beetle (popularly known as the "Bug"), the New Beetle's easily recognizable shape creates what must be the most lop-sided interior dimensions of any car in its class. While the sloping hatch creates a nearly unusable rear seat, the arching dome roof provides an unbeatable 38-inches of front headroom, making the New Beetle the new friend of the tall and very tall. Unfortunately, the roof design also creates some massive blind spots around the windshield pillars. Strict new emission standards force the removal of the fuel-miserly TDI diesel option for 2007, leaving the new 150-horsepower 2.5-liter as the sole engine choice.
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The most significant aspect of the New Beetle is its familiar and friendly shape but, as a bonus, it is actually quite comfortable as a daily driver as well. Even taller drivers will appreciate the quantity of front-seat headroom. The convertible model alleviates the limited supply of rear-seat headroom, but only with the top down.
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If you need on occasion to carry four adult passengers, the New Beetle's rear seats offer very little headroom and the cargo area is tiny. The long instrument panel takes some getting used to as it places the windshield at a considerable distance from the driver and front-seat passenger.
What's New for 2007
New colors and a Special Edition trim (late arrival) mark the big changes for 2007.
Because it's based on the Golf platform, the New Beetle exhibits most of the same ride and handling attributes of its sister car. The 2.5-liter engine delivers strong acceleration and good fuel economy, a noticeable improvement over the previous 2.0-liter engine, but is not as much fun to drive as the old turbocharged models.
On the road the Beetle offers an extremely smooth ride and handles well under normal driving conditions. Push it a little harder and its relatively soft suspension and 16-inch all-season tires begin to show their limitations. If you desire better handling, your VW dealer can upgrade the car to optional 17-inch alloy wheels and stiffer springs designed by VW, which will make it more responsive.
Blue Instrument Lighting
Cornflower blue lighting in the instrument cluster is easy on the eyes both night and day.
The convertible model's optional power soft-top locks into place with a single turn of the center-mounted latching mechanism.
In order to create the New Beetle's shape, the windshield and dashboard have been partially extended over the engine compartment, creating a tremendously deep dash and a large blind spot where the front pillar meets the side mirror. The New Beetle's seats are some of the most comfortable we've experienced, with excellent back, side and thigh support for both driver and passenger. The trademark domed exterior shape provides ample front-seat headroom, but somewhat less for rear-seat passengers.
The New Beetle mimics what is probably the best-known automotive shape in the world, the original Beetle. Considering the price, the New Beetle is remarkably detailed and offers excellent crash-test results and projected accident-repair costs.
Notable Standard Equipment
The New Beetle includes a 150-horsepower, 2.5-liter engine, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), electronic stabilization program, air conditioning, rear defroster, illuminated remote keyless entry, key-operated open/close feature for power windows and optional sunroof, dual heated power mirrors with built-in turn signals, front side-impact airbags, AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD player, cruise control, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, power windows, power locks, 16-inch alloy wheels and remote hatch release.
Notable Optional Equipment
VW has bundled its most popular items into two packages. Package #1 includes heated front seats, a premium sound system and a power glass moonroof ( convertible models get a semi-automatic power top and a wind screen). Package #2 includes Package #1 plus fog lights, a garage door opener, automatic day/night mirror, perforated leather seating and rain-sensing wipers. Stand-alone items include a trunk-mounted six-disc CD changer, iPod connector and SIRIUS Satellite Radio.
Under the Hood
The new 2.5-liter 20-valve five-cylinder is a vast improvement over the old eight-valve 2.0-liter engine. Not only does it bring an additional 35 horsepower to the table, it also provides the kind of low-end torque needed to move the New Beetle with some authority.
2.5-liter in-line 5
150 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
170 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/31 (manual), 23/32 (automatic)
The New Beetle has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $17,810, while the convertible model stickers for $22,750. The six-speed Tiptronic automatic adds another $1,075 to the price. A look at the Fair Purchase Price shows consumers are paying between $500 and $700 over dealer invoice for the 2.5 and as much as $1,100 over invoice for the convertible. The New Beetle is expected to retain an excellent five-year resale value, holding 67 percent of its price at 24 months and 54 percent at 48 months. Similarly-priced vehicles that also hold high resale values include the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper Convertible, Mazda MX-5, Honda Civic Si and Scion tC.
Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Reviews
May 29, 2018
vehicle is a head turner.
2009 vw beetle blush edition 24500 miles ex condition.1 of 1500 made in 2009.
April 28, 2017
New heavy duty battery, new tags/ March, new tires
So much put into this car. Should be able to get your monies worth
August 31, 2016
great fun car
love driving this convertible. super power and handling.
June 17, 2016
Great Little Car
Volkswagen knows how to build sturdy little cars. This is my third Beetle. Two other ones were the old original Beetle. This one is the...
May 03, 2016
Best Small Ride for the Tall Ones, it's True Love!
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...
April 15, 2016
I never want to get rid of this car
I bought a 2003 back in 2010 and I still own it. I love this car beyond words. I have had to change out the window regulators no biggie,...
March 01, 2016
I've had this car now for about 4 years to drive to and from work. It's really great for that and gas mileages is good too. Drives great...
October 23, 2015
This is the best vehicle I have ever owned
PRO: I am 65, I have and had numerous automobiles, but my 2002 VW Beetle is the best vehicle I have ever owned. I bought it new for cash...
October 07, 2015
This was my dream car
It's a wonderful and peppy car. It's very spacious, and there are literally no blind spots. Very easy to drive (if you can drive manual)...
September 14, 2015
Runs like a Honda
Love this car. Bought it back in '08. It has a lot of space for driver and passenger however not a lot of room in the back seat, they...