2007 Volkswagen New Beetle

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2007 Volkswagen New Beetle Review

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Volkswagen New Beetle was new.

The New Beetle still satisfies cravings for nostalgia and a whimsically fun drive. Unless you're stuck on Beetle styling and short on time to shop around, take a look at other solid competitors in this class. If you're in the market for a zippy compact car, you should also consider the highly rated Honda Fit.

7.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 6.3
Safety: 8.1
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Classic, retro-styled exterior, which is cute but outdated to some
  • Zippy performance, with quick steering and tight handling
  • Tight rear seat with limited headroom
  • Limited cargo space
  • Past reliability issues and low rating for quality of manufacturing

2007 Volkswagen New Beetle Overview

The 2007 Volkswagen New Beetle offers a fusion of distinctive looks, zippy performance, a charming convertible trim level option and plenty of playful appeal. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman calls the Beetle "hot" and Edmunds sees "a high level of content and plenty of style for those who care to enjoy it." But the nine-year-old New Beetle has seen sales slump in recent years, as competing cute cars, including the MINI Cooper and VW's own restyled Rabbit, offer more power and gain market share. The Washington Post claims the New Beetle has "grown old" for most people, unless, of course, you're a "Beetle person."

The 2007 Volkswagen New Beetle hatchback was ranked as "Better than Average" in value by IntelliChoice, based on its estimated five-year cost of ownership compared to others in its class. Kelley Blue Book reports that "considering the price, the New Beetle is remarkably detailed and offers excellent crash-test results and projected accident-repair costs." The Orlando Sentinel concludes that the 2007 Volkswagen New Beetle is "still fun to drive, inexpensive to buy, and easy on gas."

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