Relatively unchanged for 2009, the Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible turns up the fun quotient with a power-folding soft-top that is available in semi-power or manual versions. Powered by a 2.5L inline five-cylinder engine that produces 150 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque, the front-wheel-drive VW Beetle is teamed to a mandatory automatic transmission. EPA fuel-economy ratings for the VW Beetle are 20 mpg city/28 mpg hwy and 23 mpg in combined driving. Volkswagen Beetle Convertible standard features are plentiful with numerous comfort and convenience, including a premium 10-speaker audio system and SIRIUS satellite radio. VW Beetle standard safety equipment features antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side-impact airbags and active front head restraints. VW New Beetle Convertibles feature a rollover protection system.Read more Read less
For 2009, gone are the Triple White and Black Tie Edition models, as well as the SE trim level. This leaves only the S trim New Beetles for 2009 in both coupe and convertible, though many features from the SE cars have made their way into the S cars. Convertibles are available only with the 6-speed automatic transmission. Candy White is available on coupes and convertibles, while discontinued colors include Platinum Gray, Reflex Silver, Laser Blue, and Sunflower Yellow. Volkswagen's electronic stabilization program (ESP) is now standard.
Styling; safety features; front-seat comfort; ride.
The distinctive Volkswagen New Beetle coupe is no longer a fresh face for 2009, but it still stands out for its spacious front seating, pleasant ride, and abundance of safety features. The convertible is also one of the most affordable drop-tops, and it boasts a very high level of refinement.
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