• (4.4) 17 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $3,057–$9,021
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 23-24
  • Engine: 150-hp, 2.5-liter I-5 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual w/OD
2007 Volkswagen New Beetle

Our Take on the Latest Model 2007 Volkswagen New Beetle

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

2007 Volkswagen New Beetle Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Following its debut for the 1998 model year, Volkswagen's retro-themed New Beetle saw an early sales surge. Its popularity waned later, prompting Volkswagen to look for variants. A sporty Turbo S edition joined the lineup in 2002 but was dropped after 2004, and a New Beetle Convertible debuted in 2003.

For 2007, Volkswagen has revised the 16-inch alloy wheel finish and the stitching on the leatherette seats. The audio auxiliary input is more visible, and new exterior colors are available, including Sunflower and Gecko Green for the convertible and Laser Blue for the hatchback.

The 1.9-liter diesel engine has been dropped, but Volkswagen expects to introduce all-new diesel technology for the 2008 model year.
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Nothing else on the road looks like the modern-day Beetle. The hatchback rides a 98.7-inch wheelbase, measures 161.1 inches long overall and stands 59 inches high, making it one of the taller compact cars on the market. Restyling for 2006 includes the front and rear fascias and fenders. The headlights and taillamps have been modified as well.

Equipped with a front-mounted engine and front-wheel drive, the New Beetle is based on the platform used for Volkswagen's Golf model. Standard alloy wheels measure 16 inches in diameter, but 17-inch wheels are available. A power sunroof is optional.

A bubble-shaped roof gives the four-passenger New Beetle a strong visual kinship to the original model, which first reached the U.S. in 1949. Unfortunately, this design also infringes on rear headroom, and backseat legroom is limited. The rear seatback folds down for additional storage space.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, height-adjustable front bucket seats, a CD stereo with MP3 playback capability, cruise control, remote keyless entry, heated power mirrors, and power windows and locks.

Under the Hood
The 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder produces 150 horsepower and 170 pounds-feet of torque and works with a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic that has a manual-shift provision.

Side-impact airbags, antilock brakes and daytime running lights are standard.

Driving Impressions
Other than its tight backseat, the New Beetle coupe is a wholly appealing automobile that still draws smiles. The manual transmission is easy to operate. Steering is quick and confident, and occupants can expect a generally comfortable ride; the firm suspension soaks up most road imperfections.

New Beetle Convertible
The New Beetle Convertible's development took place at the Karmann facility in Germany. The five-layer lined top features a glass rear window. One convertible trim is offered for 2007, and the sole engine offered is a 150-hp, 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder that teams with a standard five-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic that has a manual-shift provision.

Much like the original Beetle convertibles of the 1950s to 1970s, the modern-day model has a fabric top that rests on the back of the car; it doesn't fold into the body. Designers retained the familiar curve of the hardtop New Beetle with the convertible's soft-top.

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.

Volkswagen did a masterful job of designing the New Beetle Convertible, which is cute and appealing. The car also delivers a superior ride; the suspension absorbs plenty of road imperfections. Directional stability is top-notch, and the convertible handles expertly. Steering feel and feedback are excellent. The manual gearbox operates easily, and the clutch is light. Back to top

Consumer Reviews


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Great summer car to own.

by basketballjeff from Bucyrus Ohio on July 17, 2017

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 h... Read Full Review

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2007 Volkswagen New Beetle Safety Ratings

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There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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