2007 Volkswagen New Beetle

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$17,180

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2007 Volkswagen New Beetle

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Visual appeal, especially of convertible
  • Ride comfort
  • Steering response
  • Resale value

The bad:

  • Backseat space
  • Cargo space in convertible
  • Once innovative design now somewhat dated

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Retro styling
  • Manual or automatic
  • Coupe or convertible
  • New exterior colors

2007 Volkswagen New Beetle review: Our expert's take

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The verdict:

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With white paint, white seats and white trim, the New Beetle convertible looked as sweet as a hunk of cotton candy. It was so bright it almost glowed.

The triple-white model is reminiscent of the last Beetle convertible that was discontinued after 1979. Special features include 17-inch alloy wheels, heated seats, heated outside mirrors and an AM/FM stereo CD player with iPod jack. It has a base price of $25,990, compared to $22,120 for the regular convertible.

Convertible bodies are often less rigid than sedan bodies. It’s possible to detect a little cowl shake over bumps, and the doors sound noisy when they are shut.

The engine in the New Beetle is VW’s 2.5-liter, 150-horsepower five-cylinder. Most five-cylinder engines have a slightly syncopated exhaust note that leaves me wanting for something more sonorous, but they perform nicely nevertheless. VW’s engine has the torque of a six and the economy of a four. It has dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and maintenance-free hydraulic valve lifters. The Environmental Protection Agency rates the fuel economy at 22 miles per gallon in the city and 30 on the highway.

Acceleration is modest, but then this isn’t intended to be a performance car. VW indicates it takes a bit more than nine seconds to hit 60 miles per hour. The engine pulls well from low speeds.

The test car had a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission that has both a Sport mode and a manual-shift mode.

It’s critical for a convertible top to be easy to operate, and the New Beetle’s three-layer cloth top retracts electronically after releasing one latch. The three layers do a good job of absorbing sound when the top is up. When the top is folded, it stacks above the back seat so it doesn’t intrude on the already small trunk. A folding mesh wind blocker can be attached over the back seat to keep wind from buffeting the driver and passenger. With the blocker in place and windows up, the cabin is almost draft-free at city speeds.

Two aluminum posts behind the rear seats pop up for rollover protection in the event of an accident.

It took me a while to get comfortable with the New Beetle’s driving position because the driver sits well back in the car and the windshield is far forward. The deep dash made me feel almost as if I were driving a small minivan.

The perforated leather seats have good lateral support, and they slide forward for access to the rather small rear seat. The steering wheel tilts and telescopes.

Safety features include side airbags with head protection, anti-lock brakes, traction control and vehicle stability control.

Price The base price of the test car was $25,990. The sticker price was $26,630.

Warranty Four years or 50,000 miles, with a five-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.0
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

Loved it!!!

The car was fun to drive. With a 5cyl engine, it definitely have me the get up I needed. I didn't have much problems with her besides changing the clutch out twice. But you shouldn't have to deal with that problem if you take it to peyote who know what they are doing. My car had a couple of accidents but you would never have been able to tell. The vehicle was repaired and drove like new. If I wanted another coupe, I definitely would buy again.

4.6

Great summer car to own.

The new beetle has great room inside of it. Its very easy to put the top down and up. The leather seems to hold up very well. The outside appearance is a very popular for convertibles. The 2.5 motor has plenty of get up and runs strong.

5.0

Very reliable

Very reliable, comfortable and money saver for as fuel. This vehicle is just right for a teenager or young adult.

See all 18 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
144 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
MY 2015-MY 2017 vehicles/75,000 miles; MY 2018- MY 2019 vehicles/72,000 miles; MY 2020 and newer vehicles/75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Vehicles purchased on or after 1/5/21: MY 2017 & older, 2 yrs/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2018-19, 1 yr/12,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2020 & newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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