Unchanged from last year, the 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe is also known as a coupe-styled hatchback with passenger space for four. Equipped with front-wheel drive, the VW Beetle is powered by a 2.5L inline five-cylinder engine that is good for 150 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque, coupled with either a standard five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel-economy ratings for the VW Beetle stand at 20 mpg city/28 mpg hwy and 23 mpg in combined driving for the manual transmission, while the automatic transmission increases highway mileage by one mpg. Though small in size, the VW Beetle delivers plenty of value with a nicely-equipped interior that includes a premium audio system and SIRIUS satellite radio. Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe standard safety features include antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side-impact airbags and active front head restraints.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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