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By Cars.com Staff
October 15, 2009
Vehicle Overview The New Beetle is Volkswagen's retro-themed two-door hatch, and it's also offered as a convertible. The Beetle comes in one well-equipped trim level, and it competes with other premium small cars, such as the Mini Cooper.
Changes for 2010 There are no significant changes for 2010.
Exterior Nothing else on the road looks like the modern-day Beetle and it's one of the taller compact cars on the market.
16-inch alloy wheels
Daytime running lights
Interior A bubble-shaped roof gives the four-passenger New Beetle a strong visual kinship to the original model. Unfortunately, this design infringes on rear headroom, and backseat legroom is limited. The rear seatback folds down for additional storage space.
The Beetle has 81 cubic feet of passenger space, and there's 27.1 cubic feet for cargo with the backseat folded.
Standard imitation leather upholstery
Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel, shifter knob and parking-brake handle
Standard air conditioning
Standard cruise control
Standard power windows, locks and keyless entry
Standard heated front seats
Under the Hood The Beetle has a more powerful base powertrain than the Mini.
150-horsepower, 2.5-liter five-cylinder with 170 pounds-feet of torque
Standard five-speed manual transmission (hatchback)
Optional six-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift function and sport mode (standard on convertible)
Standard side-impact airbags
Standard antilock brakes
Standard electronic stability system with traction control
Standard security system
New Beetle Convertible The New Beetle convertible is offered in one trim level with similar content as the coupe. The convertible's fabric top rests on the back of the car; it doesn't fold into the body. Automatic pop-up rollover supports behind the rear seats are standard, and a wind blocker is optional.
Except for a slightly narrower rear seat, the four-passenger New Beetle convertible's interior looks nearly identical to the hardtop's. Trunk capacity is a modest 5 cubic feet.
150-hp, 2.5-liter five-cylinder with 170 pounds-feet of torque
Six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift function and sport mode
Imitation leather upholstery with leather-wrapped steering wheel