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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

New standard equipment for 2009 includes the Cold Weather Package, which adds heated seats and washer nozzles, and a six-speed automatic transmission.

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

The new trim levels are called S and SE. Volkswagen has deleted fog lights, leather seating and rain-sensing wipers, but has made a tire-pressure monitoring system standard.

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.

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!"

6 people out of 6 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."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

On the fence

By on Friday, February 15, 2008

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

"I loved my 2001 GLX Silver Turbo Beetle when I bought it. I have also read many of the reviews here. I too have had several visits to the shop for various things. From the reported Airbag module fault (replaced), some Turbo valve (replaced), the manual transmission had a loose klunk sound almost since new and I never did anything as they said the whole transmission would need to come out to fix it. When my car was nearing the end of the extended warranty I bought (came with 2 year warranty only), I decided to get it fixed. Due to how they designed the transmission, the flywheel which was the problem was attached to some other piece which basically meant they had to replace the whole transmission. Which was a bonus for me, but scary that if i have a problem later, will be expensive due to how they design stuff. Also of course, the expensive headlight replacement as it was too hard to change myself, not like older american cars which was simple. I love the car, the idea of the car, but VW should focus more on reliability of the components."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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