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S convertibles have a manual-folding top; it's power-operated on the SE
lengthy standard equipment list
The New Beetle convertible is one of the best-executed drop-tops for those who simply want a practical vehicle two-seater for open-air cruising. The 2010 New Beetle convertible retains the coupe’s distinctive roofline but in addition to the reduced backseat space sacrifices quite a bit of cargo space (5 cubic feet versus 12 for the coupe). The three-layer fabric top lowers in 13 seconds.
Automedia says, "When up, the cabin is snug and weather tight, comfortable even in single-digit cold. When lowered, the top folds into a stack that sits behind the rear seats, as in Beetles of yore." The reviewer likes the design of the top, saying that "you can make the cabin largely free of gusts (even at highway speeds) by rolling up the tall side window glass and deploying the pop-up wind blocker."
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.
The 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle is sorely lacking in other features, though. In a clear nod that VW is no longer putting any significant development into the model (it plans to discontinue the model in a year or two), no factory navigation system is available, and Bluetooth hands-free isn’t even an option. Many of the features once offered on the New Beetle, such as leather upholstery, fog lamps, and rain-sensing wipers, are no longer available.
A Cold Weather Package, which includes heated front seats and heated windshield washer nozzles, is now standard, and two special editions for 2010—a Red Rock edition and the aptly named Final Edition—add a few extra features.
The 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle lacks some of the key features that almost any small car buyer would expect, but the convertible’s top alone makes it a model well worth considering.