Used 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle


Used 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle

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  • Nostalgic styling, standard flower vase.
  • Dated platform, cramped rear-seat space, limited cargo room, subpar crash-test results.

    There's not much more to the aged 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle than meets the eye. If you like the way it looks, you may not mind the way it drives, but there are far better choices at this price point.

    Vehicle overview

    The 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle is the automotive equivalent of a Happy Meal -- long on packaging, short on substance. Of course, the latter isn't really surprising, given that the New Beetle debuted in (gulp!) 1998. For those of you keeping score at home, that means 2010 marks the New Beetle's 13th year of production, making it basically the oldest vehicle on the market outside of full-size vans. Still, the allure of the reborn Bug's retro styling may enable shoppers to overlook the functionally compromised cabin and 13-year-old chassis.

    In fairness to the New Beetle's underpinnings, they were state-of-the-art in the late '90s, doing duty in the chic first-generation Audi TT and sophisticated fourth-generation Volkswagen Golf as well as the Bug. But there have been two generations of Golf since then, and the new-for-2010 version outclasses the similarly priced New Beetle in every way. Remarkably, a base two-door Golf hatchback is actually $1,000 cheaper than a base New Beetle coupe, despite offering 20 more horsepower, superior driving dynamics and a far roomier and more practical interior. There just isn't a rational argument to be made in the 2010 New Beetle's favor.

    But perhaps you have some hazy but happy memories of Bug road trips from the '60s, and you know that no other car on the market will help you relive them like a New Beetle. If that rings true, then we can recommend the 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle (or a certified used one) to you in good faith. However, if you're just looking for a good all-around compact coupe/hatchback or convertible, more advisable choices include the two-seat Mazda Miata, the Mini Cooper, the aforementioned Volkswagen Golf, the Volvo C30, and four-door-only offerings like the Mazda 3. Just because you're a fan of the Happy Meal box doesn't mean you'll like what's inside.

    Volkswagen New Beetle models

    The 2010 VW Beetle is offered as a coupe-styled hatchback or a convertible. The latter includes a power-folding soft top in either black or white that comes with a color-keyed boot. Both models come standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, full power accessories, air-conditioning, heated front seats, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a premium audio system with a CD/MP3 player, an auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio.

    The only factory option on the coupe is a power sunroof, although 17-inch wheels, a rear spoiler and a trunk-mounted six-CD changer are available from the dealer. On the convertible, unique 17-inch wheels are a factory option.

    The New Beetle Red Rock Edition available on the coupe adds special Red Rock paint, black-painted roof, 17-inch alloy wheels and foglamps. The Final Edition available on both body styles includes special Aquarius Blue paint (with white two-tone on convertible and a black-painted roof on the coupe), a 17-inch wheels, foglamps and on the convertible, a special white interior.

    2010 Highlights

    Apart from a few new colors, two new special editions and a standard boot cover for the convertible, the 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle is unchanged.

    Performance & mpg

    The front-wheel-drive 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle is powered by a 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder engine that produces 150 hp and 170 pound-feet of torque. The coupe gets either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic, while the convertible is available with the automatic only. New Beetles sold in California and California-emissions states meet the PZEV (partial zero-emissions vehicle) standard.

    Fuel economy ratings with the manual transmission are 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined. The automatic transmission yields 1 extra mpg on the freeway.


    All 2010 New Beetles come standard with antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side-impact airbags and active front head restraints. Convertibles also feature a rollover protection system.

    In government crash testing, the 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle earned four out of five stars for front occupants in frontal impacts. In side-impact testing, the New Beetle received a perfect five-star rating for front passengers but only three stars for those in the rear. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the New Beetle a top score of "Good" for frontal-offset crash protection but a lowest "Poor" rating for side impacts.


    The 2010 VW Beetle's 13-year-old foundation can still hack it with modern economy cars, providing decent handling along with a smooth, substantial-feeling ride. Trouble is, the New Beetle is positioned as a premium small car, and the competition in this segment quite simply puts the VW's driving dynamics to shame. Also, while the Bug's mandatory 2.5-liter engine is pleasantly torquey at lower engine speeds, it's an older version of the Golf's 2.5-liter five, which makes 20 more horsepower.


    The New Beetle's turtle-like shape has predictable consequences for interior space. Rear passenger hip- and headroom are sorely lacking, and maximum cargo space is rated at 27 cubic feet in the hardtop -- a puny figure for what is technically a hatchback. Also, outward visibility is surprisingly poor on both the coupe and convertible. However, interior materials quality is still solid after all these years, and of course the New Beetle's cabin offers an industry first (and perhaps last): the dash-mounted flower vase.

    On the convertible model, raising the top isn't exactly a one-touch operation, but it's simple enough to be called hassle-free. One button on the console takes it up or down, but there's a single manual latch you must pull and twist to secure it tightly to the windshield header.

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    Consumer reviews

    Read what other owners think about the 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle.

    5 star reviews: 57%
    4 star reviews: 14%
    3 star reviews: 29%
    2 star reviews: 0%
    1 star reviews: 0%
    Average user rating: 4.3 stars based on 7 total reviews

    Trending topics in reviews

    • appearance
    • comfort
    • reliability & manufacturing quality
    • fuel efficiency
    • maintenance & parts
    • doors
    • lights
    • warranty
    • value
    • seats
    • interior

    Most helpful consumer reviews

    4.375 out of 5 stars, great little car

    i traded a 2004 Z4 for this new beetle convertible as i needed to have seating for 4 people. yes i miss the Z, but this beetle is well built, solid and has the germanic driving characteristics i have grown to love. the car has plenty of pep, easily seats 4 and has exceeded my expectations.

    4.75 out of 5 stars, Last of the Breed
    2.5L 2dr Convertible (2.5L 5cyl 6A)

    Top down motoring the way it was meant to be. An older design, the execution, detailing and features easily exceed the Fords I've recently owned. It's been almost 40 years since I had a convertible, and it was worth the wait. Forget the pundits, they probably don't have the guts to go top down anyway. Yeah, yeah, you can go techno, aero or battery, but you'll loose your auto soul in the process.

    5 out of 5 stars, Top Down Fun!!

    I love my Beetle. Lots of power, great looking, and a real pleasure to drive. Gas mileage is ok, but that isn't the reason I bought this car. I recommend this car to anyone who wants to enjoy driving.

    2.75 out of 5 stars, The worst gas mileage

    I automatically assumed that the gas mileage would be good in this car. I only get about 18mpg. The interior of the car is less than desirable. The older models 1972 and 1976 Super Beetle were well made and better mileage. I will not reccomend this car to anyone. My husband and I are very disappointed with this car. We paid over $30,000, plus extended warranty for this vehicle. We will not reccomend this car to anyone. William & Judith Loftus

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    Features & Specs

    2.5L PZEV 2dr Hatchback features & specs
    2.5L PZEV 2dr Hatchback
    2.5L 5cyl 6A
    MPG 20 city / 29 hwy
    Seats 4
    6-speed shiftable automatic
    150 hp @ 5000 rpm

    2.5L 2dr Hatchback features & specs
    2.5L 2dr Hatchback
    2.5L 5cyl 6A
    MPG 20 city / 29 hwy
    Seats 4
    6-speed shiftable automatic
    150 hp @ 5000 rpm

    2.5L Final Edition PZEV 2dr Hatchback features & specs
    2.5L Final Edition PZEV 2dr Hatchback
    2.5L 5cyl 6A
    MPG 20 city / 29 hwy
    Seats 4
    6-speed shiftable automatic
    150 hp @ 5000 rpm

    2.5L Red Rock Edition PZEV 2dr Hatchback features & specs
    2.5L Red Rock Edition PZEV 2dr Hatchback
    2.5L 5cyl 6A
    MPG 20 city / 29 hwy
    Seats 4
    6-speed shiftable automatic
    150 hp @ 5000 rpm

    See all Used 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle features & specs


    NHTSA Overall Rating

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    OverallNot Rated
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Roof Strength TestNot Tested
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test


    Is the Volkswagen New Beetle a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2010 New Beetle both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Volkswagen New Beetle fuel economy, so it's important to know that the New Beetle gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the New Beetle has 12.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Volkswagen New Beetle. Learn more

    Is the Volkswagen New Beetle reliable?

    To determine whether the Volkswagen New Beetle is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the New Beetle. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the New Beetle's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2010 New Beetle is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle?

    The least-expensive 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle is the 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle 2.5L PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 5M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $18,690.

    Other versions include:

    • 2.5L PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A) which starts at $19,790
    • 2.5L 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A) which starts at $19,790
    • 2.5L Final Edition PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A) which starts at $20,390
    • 2.5L Red Rock Edition PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A) which starts at $20,390
    • 2.5L Red Rock Edition 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A) which starts at $20,390
    • 2.5L PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 5M) which starts at $18,690
    • 2.5L 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 5M) which starts at $18,690
    • 2.5L Final Edition 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A) which starts at $20,390
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    What are the different models of Volkswagen New Beetle?

    If you're interested in the Volkswagen New Beetle, the next question is, which New Beetle model is right for you? New Beetle variants include 2.5L PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A), 2.5L 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A), 2.5L Final Edition PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A), and 2.5L Red Rock Edition PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A). For a full list of New Beetle models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle

    Used 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Overview

    The Used 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle is offered in the following submodels: New Beetle Hatchback, New Beetle Convertible. Available styles include 2.5L 2dr Convertible (2.5L 5cyl 6A), 2.5L PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A), 2.5L PZEV 2dr Convertible (2.5L 5cyl 6A), 2.5L 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A), 2.5L Final Edition PZEV 2dr Convertible (2.5L 5cyl 6A), 2.5L Final Edition 2dr Convertible (2.5L 5cyl 6A), 2.5L Final Edition PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A), 2.5L Red Rock Edition PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A), 2.5L Red Rock Edition 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A), 2.5L PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 5M), 2.5L 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 5M), and 2.5L Final Edition 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A).

    What do people think of the 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2010 New Beetle 4.3 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2010 New Beetle.

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    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2010 New Beetle featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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