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2009 Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe vs. Its Competition

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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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People flock to the 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle for its looks—but performance, safety, and interior space are not its best attributes.
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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.
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