The 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle still has one of the most distinctive and instantly recognizable shapes on the road, but it’s always been a bit of a poseur, pairing a very retro shape with slightly dated front-wheel-drive mechanicals inherited from the Golf.
For 2010 there are many more modern vehicles that you’re likely to find more satisfying in most respects.
The 2010 MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper Convertible are both a thrill to drive, and they perform and handle better than the New Beetle—with increased fuel economy as well.
Volkswagen itself has two models that are more competent and modern; the 2010 Eos is a convertible coupe with a retractable hard top, and it’s more luxurious and comfortable.
Then the Golf hatchback has been redesigned for 2010 and is much more refined and upscale inside.
If you're after a convertible, the Ford Mustang is also retro-distinct and a surprisingly good choice in base V-6 form for those who want to cruise.
Nearly all of these models offer crash-test safety that tops the New Beetle’s lackluster scores.
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|2010 Volkswagen BeetleBrowse Used Listings||2010 Ford MustangBrowse Used Listings||2010 Volkswagen EosBrowse Used Listings||2010 Volkswagen GolfBrowse Used Listings|
|20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I5||Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas I5|
|Subcompact Car||Compact||Subcompact car||Compact|
|2-Door Manual||2-Door Coupe V6||2-Door Convertible Manual Komfort||2-Door HB Manual|
|Front Wheel Drive||Rear wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Coupe||2 Door Coupe||2 Door Convertible||2 Door HB|
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|2010 Volkswagen Beetle vs. 2010 Ford Mustang||2010 Volkswagen Beetle vs. 2010 Volkswagen Eos||2010 Volkswagen Beetle vs. 2010 Volkswagen Golf|