2009 Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe vs. Its Competition

2009 Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe S

Few vehicles do retro quite as faithfully as the New Beetle, even if it has nothing in common mechanically with the original rear-engine car.

However, for design mavens and small-car fans, there's the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper Convertible.

Both models are a thrill to drive, handle better than the New Beetle, and go much farther on a gallon of gas.

The Ford Mustang hits the right styling notes and offers convertible and V-8 editions to boot.

Volkswagen's own Rabbit hatchback has a four-door version, a rich interior, up-to-date equipment, and good crash-test performance.

Or for just a few thousand more than the New Beetle Convertible, you could also step up to the Eos, which is a much more sophisticated, sporty convertible with an advanced folding hardtop.

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Quick Specs
7.0
People flock to the 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle for its looks—but performance, safety, and interior space are not its best attributes.
8.4
Nostalgia is still a big part of the appeal, but the 2010 Ford Mustang is now every bit a modern, refined sport coupe.
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The 2009 Volkswagen Eos isn't sexy, and it's one of the most practical choices among convertibles and there's a lot to like.
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The 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit is a high-quality compact vehicle throughout, though it's not particularly sporty or fuel-efficient.
MSRP From   
$18,290$21,395$31,615$16,300
Gas Mileage   
20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I5Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I5
EPA Class   
Sub-CompactCompactSubcompactCompact
Style Name   
2-Door Manual S PZEV2-Door Coupe V62-Door Convertible Manual Komfort2-Door HB Manual S PZEV
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveRear wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4445
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe2 Door Convertible2 Door HB
Transmission   
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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