By Cars.com EditorsJuly 27, 2009
About the video
Cars.com's Joe Bruzek takes a look at the 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible. It competes with the Mini Cooper and Saturn Astra.
<v Announcer>Cars.com Auto Review. Hi, this is Joe Bruzek from Cars.com. We're here with the 2009 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible. And today we're gonna be taking a look at some of the features that make this retro style drop-top fun in the sun.
One of the things you'll immediately notice, is that it doesn't look a whole lot different than the regular Beetle. Some convertibles, you sacrifice a lot of styling of a hardtop. Infinity G37. But this one remains very true to the regular version. The Beetle isn't the most masculine car out there, something my buddies reminded me every time I showed up over the weekend, but Volkswagen has made some styling enhancements over the years that make it a little more butch. Including cutting this fender here, it's a little bit more trim, a little bit more masculine. Also, is these wheels. These are optional, but they're very attractive wheels. And they've also added some different designed headlights and tail lights. While the chiseled fenders and the nice wheels do their parts, there's still the flower holder inside this thing. So to remedy that, a tire pressure gauge meet flower holder. Even though most would rather drive with the top down, but the top up is still a really enjoyable experience because there's not a lot of wind noise, there's not a lot of road noise, and the top is a very high quality material, that's very seamless inside. Putting the top down is pretty easy. Just pull the lever here. Push up, and pull the button. Now the top retracts right here. It sits on top of the back of the car. Some of the advantages and disadvantages to that. One of the advantages, it doesn't take up any trunk space. Now a disadvantage, this is it's pretty unsightly. And it's a big blind spot when you're driving. To address this unsightly lump on the back of the car, Volkswagen gives you the option of a boot, which is 300 dollars. It's pretty easy to put on and really cleans up the appearance of this. Now another accessory, but a bit more functional than the boot, is this window flector. Now the window flector fits in the backseat and it takes up the two back seats. But it does make wind noise a little less noticeable. Now while this piece does get the job done, it also creates a pretty nasty blind spot that isn't helped by the rear top a all. So the benefit of this really isn't worth having it up. Now, while the Beetle has it's quirks, like the awkward top, the blind spots, and the tiny trunk. One of it's best features is that's it's still very unique. Even though it's been on the road since 1998 relatively unchanged, there's still nothing like it on the road. <v Announcer>For more car related news, go to cars.com or our blog KickingTires.net.