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2010 Volkswagen Beetle

  • 2010 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5 Convertible
    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/170
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I5
    • MSRP
      $26,390
  • 2010 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5 Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/170
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I5
    • MSRP
      $19,790
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2010 Volkswagen Beetle Review

Cute bug with retro styling popular with enthusiasts

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The retro-styled 2010 Volkswagen Beetle is available as either a coupe or convertible is still popular for its cute design and sporty flair. Propelled by 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine paired to either a five-speed manual (coupe only) or a six-speed automatic transmission, the Volkswagen Beetle comes with front-wheel drive.

Options include 17-inch wheels on the convertible and a sunroof on the coupe. Some drawbacks are limited cargo space and cramped rear seating leg and headroom. While gas consumption is above average at 20 mpg city / 29 mpg highway, the Volkswagen Beetle's crash test scores are subpar.

New for 2010

Two special edition packages were offered for 2010: the Final Edition coupe and convertible, which feature two-tone white and blue paint schemes, sports suspension, and 17-inch wheels. Otherwise, the 2010 Volkswagen Beetle is unchanged from the previous year.

Essentials

Engine: 2.5L I-5
Transmissions: 5-speed manual (coupe only), 6-speed automatic
Body Styles: Coupe, convertible
Trims: 2.5 Hatchback, 2.5 Convertible

On the Outside

The Volkswagen Beetle is still cute as a bug, and the convertible's vintage-style stacked folding roof is great for outdoor adventures.

From the Inside

While the large, arching A-pillars and long-reaching dash can be off-putting, the Volkswagen Beetle is built with quality materials and features standard air conditioning, satellite radio, heated front seats, cruise control, and a folding rear seat.

Driving Performance

Sporting VW's 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine with 150 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque, the Volkswagen Beetle is noted for its sporty ride and has plenty of pep. Enthusiast drivers will stick with the manual gear shift.

Safety Equipment

Standard on the Volkswagen Beetle are driver and front passenger front airbags, head/thorax side airbags, ASR traction control, ESP stability control and engine brake assist (EBR).

Gas Mileage

20 mpg city/29 mpg highway (28 mpg highway, manual)

Plusses

  • Cute design
  • Sporty ride
  • VW quality

Minuses

  • 5-cylinder engine
  • Limited cargo room
  • Subpar crash test scores

Rating

Cute bug with retro styling popular with enthusiasts

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