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Here in this Bottom Line covering the 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle, the editors of TheCarConnection.com have brought you their own take on this small coupe and convertible, based on multiple driving experiences and comparisons to rival vehicles. And to give you the most complete picture of how the New Beetle stacks up to top rivals, TheCarConnection.com has also combed the Web and included some of the most useful excerpts from other source in a full review.
- Exterior remains iconic
- Convertible doesn’t sacrifice comfort
- Nice front seats
- Unimpressive five-cylinder engine
- Lackluster fuel economy
- Interior details feel dated, gimmicky
- Backseat lacks headroom
- Mediocre crash-test results
Based on a previous generation of Volkswagen’s Golf/Rabbit, the 2010 New Beetle is no longer remarkable in any way but with respect to styling. It remains available as a coupe or convertible, and the convertible is one of the better choices for two who want to cruise in comfort.
The Beetle has been around for about 10 years and has seen no major changes to its exterior in that time; that’s a good thing, as the iconic design has held up well, even if it’s no longer a head-turner. Its interior, however, could have used a more serious spruce-up long ago (it got a minor dress-up for 2006). The interior design comes across as a little plasticky and gimmicky for most tastes, and the long expanse of dashboard between the driver and windshield is a sign that the New Beetle was designed from the outside in.
The more exciting turbocharged and turbodiesel (TDI) four-cylinder engines that used to power the New Beetle are long gone; all that remains is a 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder that neither performs well nor impresses for fuel economy. Through either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, the engine is relatively smooth but comes up short when you ask for brisk performance. EPA fuel economy ratings are just 20 mpg in the city and 28 or 29 mpg on the highway. Handling is pretty dull, too, but it’s very maneuverable. The convertible is noticeably heavier, so performance suffers a bit.