I see a lot of complaining about New Beetles in here, but reviews are created by the people who love and the people who hate the car. So you get either side... I have a 1998 Beetle that has 104K miles on it. Yes, it is 11 years old, yes it needs a little this or a little that, but honestly... show me any 11 year old car that starts every time even in sub zero weather, gets great gas mileage, and all in all is a great car. Take care of your vehicles and they will take care of you.
MPG 47+, car doesn't age, great for small trips.
Ride could be smoother, but the short wheel base makes that difficult... ESP would have been a nice touch, but is now available on newer models.