Editors at TheCarConnection.com find that the 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle is pleasant in the front seat—but the rear seat is absolutely dismal for adults.
"The front seats are roomy," Edmunds reports of the 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle, "but the same can hardly be said of the back." The backseat situation is exacerbated when the front seats are moved back; "the sloping hatch creates a nearly unusable rear seat," says Kelley Blue Book.
Cars.com reports what most of us already know by looking at the New Beetle: "Unfortunately, this design also infringes on rear headroom, and backseat legroom is limited." They do note "the rear seatback folds down for additional storage space." At least "access to the back seat is easy," thanks to a nifty seat mechanism, Car and Driver observes.
Trunk space is expectedly tight in the 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle. This isn't a vehicle built for a road trip.
Build quality is good overall, and the convertible version of the 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle manages to avoid some of the shaking that plagues similar vehicles due to a heavily reinforced body.