Ever since the Beetle has been brought back from its roots in the early 60’s baby boomers and young drivers alike have been flocking to this uniquely designed VW. It was in 1998 when the Beetle was reintroduced to the VW line up and since it has not changed much on the outside, because its half circle shape is one thing that gives it character. There are both coupe and convertible options to the standard Beetle form and the buyer can choose from a six speed automatic or a five speed manual transmission. Besides these options, there are not a lot of choices to be made when choosing a new Beetle besides its color.

The Beatle focuses on bringing a lot of fun and value to the driving experience and does an excellent job at both. The 2010 Beetle starts under $20,000 and offers up to 28 mpg on the highway which make it an affordable and very fuel efficient entry level sedan alternate. The interior of the Beetle offers much more room than expected and can comfortably seat up to 4 passengers.

Bodystyles: Coupe, convertible
Engines: 2.5L I-5
Transmissions: 5-speed manual (coupe only), 6-speed automatic

Two special edition packages are on offer for 2010 to send the model out with a bang. The Final Edition coupe and convertible will feature unique two-tone white and blue paint schemes, sports suspension, and 17-inch wheels. Just 750 Red Rocks edition New Beetles will be sold with a two-tone red and black paint scheme and a black interior.

‘Cute’ still sums up the New Beetle perfectly, just as it did more than a decade ago. Some might consider its retro-style kitschy, but there’s no denying the convertible’s fun-in-the-sun appeal with its vintage-style stacked folding roof.

Large, arching A-pillars and a long-reaching dash can be disconcerting, but are more than balanced out with solid build materials and standard air conditioning, satellite radio, heated front seats, cruise control and a folding rear seat.

Three years ago, the New Beetle received its biggest update yet, trading its 1.8T engine for VW’s 2.5-liter five-cylinder and gaining some much-needed torque in the process. With 150 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque available, the New Beetle is peppy enough around town with a sporty ride to match. More enthusiastic drivers will want to stick to the manual gearbox, however.

Driver and front passenger front airbags and head/thorax side airbags are standard equipment. ASR traction control and ESP stability control programs are also standard, as is Engine Brake Assist (EBR) for slippery conditions.

20 mpg city/29 mpg highway (28 mpg highway, manual)

  • Fun styling
  • Reasonable fuel economy
  • Sporty nature
  • Build quality
  • Uninspired five-cylinder engine
  • Macho? Hardly…
  • Irregular cargo space
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