2010 Volkswagen Beetle vs. Its Competition

2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible 2-door Auto Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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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The 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle still has an attractive shape, but not much else about this car is very appealing.
Nostalgia is still a big part of the appeal, but the 2010 Ford Mustang is now every bit a modern, refined sport coupe.
The 2010 Volkswagen Eos is a striking convertible that offers a lot of standard equipment, plus four-season practicality.
The 2010 Volkswagen Golf/TDI feels more upscale than its competitors, and the diesel's exceptional fuel economy is an unexpected bonus in the class.
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