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FEATURES | 7 out of 10
S convertibles have a manual-folding top; it's power-operated on the SE
lengthy standard equipment list
VW has bundled its most popular items
The 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle comes with more than a few useful features—especially if you spring for the upgraded SE trim.
One of the most attractive features on the Volkswagen 2009 New Beetle is, of course, its convertible version's ragtop. The convertible version keeps the signature roofline arc and excess of front headroom, as well as a shortage of rear headroom—but the key is that the three-layer fabric top lowers in 13 seconds. According to ConsumerGuide, "S convertibles have a manual-folding top; it's power-operated on the SE." The power-folding top gets high marks for being fast, quiet, and classy.
Edmunds reports that the 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle offers a "lengthy standard equipment list." Tire pressure monitors and a temporary spare tire have been added as standard equipment, and Sirius Satellite Radio is an option. Front floor mats, however, are no longer standard, while fog lights, leather seating, and rain-sensing wipers are off the equipment list entirely. More advanced features like a navigation system and Bluetooth are unavailable.
ForbesAutos explains that "VW has bundled its most popular items," so it may be hard to make a la carte purchases. For 2009, a formerly optional Cold Weather Package (with heated front seats and heated windshield washer nozzles) is now standard.
The 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle is so-so in the features department—but the convertible top is top-notch.