2011 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor
February 12, 2011
As we wait for a completely redesigned 2012 model, there is no 2011 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible. But you'll likely have no problem finding a few remaining 2010 New Beetle Convertible models (and, at the time of posting, VW is still offering special incentives to help clear them out).

While the New Beetle Convertible is definitely not the head-turner it once was, it's still a pretty good choice for those who have a relatively tight budget and want to simply cruise, open air, in comfort and style.

The exterior of the Convertible still looks great, though the interior is a little plasticky and gimmicky by today's standards. And the long expanse of instrument panel between the driver and windshield serves as a reminder that the New Beetle was designed from the outside in. There's only one powertrain left in the New Beetle Convertible—an old-tech 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder that's adequate but thirsty and unexciting.

The Convertible is quite softly sprung and comfortable, though you probably won't be moving that fast as it's significantly heavier than the Coupe. To make room for the top, the New Beetle Convertible's backseat is a little more upright, and there's quite a bit of cargo space lost. Nevertheless, it's a neat arrangement (the well-insulated top raises or lowers in 13 seconds) that's hard to beat on a hot summer night.

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