Not long ago, America went nuts over the Volkswagen Beetle, the cute, little, retro-themed vehicle with the flower bud vase within the dash design. While some of the novelty may have faded, the 2007 Volkswagen Beetle still incorporates the cute accessory of the bud vase.
The 2007 Volkswagen Beetle is a very good car with a decent fuel economy rating. Its design is reflective of the VW Golf, but comes as a convertible or two-door coupe. With an adequate 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine, it is a fairly quick car. The road manners are also good, and the front passenger area is more spacious than competitors. Most of the luxury amenities come as standard features, and some optional features can be added individually or within available packages.
When it comes to choosing among the cute convertibles on the market, the 2007 Volkswagen Beetle is a very worthy and affordable choice.
Body Styles: hatchback, convertible
Engines: 2.5-liter five-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, six-speed automatic
Models: Volkswagen Beetle 2.5, Volkswagen Beetle 2.5 PZEV, Volkswagen Beetle Triple White, Volkswagen Beetle Triple White PZEV
The VW Beetle TDI was discontinued in 2007 because the diesel engine did not meet requirements of new government emission standards. There were no major changes made otherwise to the 2007 Volkswagen Beetle.
The 2007 Volkswagen Beetle comes in two body styles: the convertible and the two-door hatchback style. All of the models come with the 16-inch wheels, and optional packages feature 17-inch wheels. The Triple White model comes with a beautiful Campanella exterior and a black soft top. Some of the exterior features include a rear defogger, a power convertible top, and intermittent wipers.
The interior of the VW Beetle features the noticeable bud vase and the unique, eye-catching, table-like dashboard. The large circular speedometer and the round air vents add to the classic look and give the cabin a style of its own. The appearance is very polished when riding with the top down. Even though the cargo capacity and legroom for rear passengers is limited for some folks, it is an excellent compact automobile for those who don’t need much room.
Standard interior features include power windows, power locks, air-conditioning, a tilt-adjustable, telescopic steering wheel, an auxiliary audio jack, and keyless entry. The convertibles have glass rear windows and manual-folding tops, which are automatic with some packages. Upgrades consist of heated front seats, a sunroof on the hatchback, and a premium sound system. Leather seating and satellite radio can also be added, along with the rearview auto-dimming mirror.
Performance & Handling
The new VW Beetle 2.5 hatchback and the convertible both come with a 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine that generates about 150 horsepower (hp) with 170 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent towards the front wheels via a standard manual five-speed transmission. There is an optional, automatic six-speed transmission for those who enjoy rowing the gears manually.
Driving the little 2007 Volkswagen Beetle in the city is very fun, and the vehicle is fairly comfortable for longer trips, as well. The soft suspension is about right for almost all drivers that like the sporty little Bug.
Standard safety features on all 2007 Volkswagen Beetles are stability control, an Anti-lock Brake System, side airbags, and head restraints for front seat occupants. All convertibles are equipped with a protective rollover system. In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) front-impact crash tests, the Beetle was awarded four out of five stars. The Beetle received five out of five stars for side-impact crash tests for front occupants, and three out of five stars for rear occupants. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the Beetle with a score of ""poor"" for side protection and ""good"" and front protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 2.5: 20/29 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 2.5 PZEV: 20/29 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 2.5: 19/28 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 2.5 PZEV: 19/28 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Triple White 2.5: 19/28 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Triple White 2.5 PZEV: 19/28 mpg city/highway
- Classy but cute styling
- Numerous standard features
- Fun driving experience
You Won't Like
- Cargo space is limited
- Cramped back seats
- Antiquated design
Though it is still fun and cute, the 2007 VW Beetle is not all that new anymore. Other convertibles and hatchbacks in competition offer more power and advanced features, and driving them is more fun.
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