2007 Volkswagen New Beetle 2.5 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 5M)
Having owned another Beetle and a Jetta before this, I have come to realize that VWs on average have a shelf life of about 4 years, then it's time to trade it in! Despite the frustrations that come with being a VW owner, I keep coming back over and over. Why? The handling - the driving experience. There are so few cars on the market, in my opinion, that combine compactness and great handling. Having driven other compact makes, I find that the Beetle is heavier, handles better, has better features and more road presence. While other compacts feel like they are likely to get blown off the road in a high wind, the Beetle tends to clutch the road and hold its own in snow, rain, etc.
The large shelf dash makes front passengers feel like they have tons of room; steering column is comfortable, long rides are comfortable for front seat passengers. cup holder placement is more comfortable and convenient than past models. Side turn signals remain a plus.
How about a hybrid make, VW? How about better gas mileage, folks? Better design for rear passengers so they don't hit their heads on interior roof. Power/adjustable pedals, power seats, power everything. Better quality knobs and finishes in interior cabin, remote start function.
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