The new Beetle is the best piece of design to hit the road in many years. It has good build quality, great handling, but unfortunarely a despicable dealer network. This is my 5th "Golf" platform VW. And each time I swear I'll never buy another because of the dealers.
The great looks, feel, low gearing gives good response, and great highway pick-up. This car has great headroom and comfortable seats. It also has an unbelievable amount of cargo capacity considering the design.
The low gearing and gas milage issue that I have a problem with has been addressed in the new 5 cyl model.