2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Overview
It’s cute, it’s cuddly—it’s the bee’s (and beetle’s) knees. It’s the 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle.
Arguably the world’s most recognizable car, the New Beetle is powered by a 150-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline-five engine. Transmission options of a five-speed manual with self-adjusting hydraulic clutch and a six-speed automatic help the front-wheel-drive New Beetle achieve 20 mpg city and 28-29 mpg highway. The power rating slots between the MINI Cooper and Cooper S, while fuel economy is inferior to both. In green states, the New Beetle comes as a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle.
Under the coupe’s metal roof, or the convertible’s high-quality three-layer cloth top, are sheltered heated front seats, leather-wrappings on the parking brake handle, steering wheel and shift knob, media device ports, a six-speaker audio system with MP3-capable CD player and satellite radio. Easy-folding front seats allow access to the rear row, for a total of four seating positions. Rear legroom is an acceptable 39.4 inches. The trunk provides 12 cubic feet of space, while a one-piece fold-flat rear seat back allows for a total cargo volume of 27 cubic feet. A payload of 772 pounds leaves enough suspension travel for four “average-sized” people and heavy groceries or travel bags.
Wheels of 16 inches in diameter are standard, while 17-inch alloy wheels are available. An optional power glass sunroof for the coupe model adds fun and fresh air.
Four-wheel antilock disc brakes with brake assist work with Volkswagen’s Electronic Stabilization Program to help the New Beetle stop, turn and avoid obstacles without slipping or sliding. Side blinkers integrated into the mirrors help make lane changes safer, and daytime running lights enhance your visibility to other drivers – especially useful when traveling down two-lane highways with no barriers between oncoming traffic. The New Beetle coupe, with four airbags and door anti-intrusion beams, manages Four-Star ratings in three of four NHTSA impact tests, and a Three-Star rating on the passenger side-impact test. The New Beetle Convertible gets Four-Star ratings in front impact tests.
Affordable adorability, good power and fuel economy, and enough room for your friends and their stuff make the 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle and New Beetle Convertible easy to love.