2011 Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor
February 12, 2011
Don't go looking too hard for a 2011 Volkswagen New Beetle, because it doesn't exist. However during this model year at VW dealerships you're still likely to find a few extra 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle models, in either Coupe or Convertible form. They're a stopgap, as we await an all-new 2012 New Beetle slated to arrive in fall of 2011.

In recent years, the New Beetle has changed very little—and in fact, Volkswagen has left the New Beetle's overall design alone. That's good on the outside, as this model's cohesive design looked fully baked when introduced in the U.S. way back in 1998—and it still does. On the inside, the New Beetle's design looks a little retro in multiple ways now—some intentional, others not, as the novelty factor has long ago faded. For instance, looking past the flower vase, its switchgear now feels a bit bargain-basement, and a relic of another period for VW.

Powertrains in the New Beetle have gone a bit downscale in recent years. Gone are the excellent TDI clean-diesel and turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder engines, replaced with an old-tech 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that performs well, especially with the automatic transmission, but is quite thirsty.

Overall, the Volkswagen New Beetle doesn't have a lot of other appeal outside of its styling, and for practicality you might be better-served with a Golf. Backseat space in the New Beetle is tight, as is cargo space, though positively it rides with the sophistication of a larger car.

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