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Volkswagen Beetle
Volkswagen Beetle
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$20,295 - $34,895
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Volkswagen Beetle Overview

The Beetle is roomier than the previous-generation car and drives decently, but VW skipped on a few details. While the ride is compliant, it's a bit unsettled. Handling is responsive but not sporty, and can get sloppy in demanding conditions. The five-cylinder engine delivered enough thrust but sounded gruff and unrefined. We got a less-than-stellar 26 mpg overall with the five-speed manual. A new 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder has replaced the 2.5-liter engine. Wind noise is excessive, rear visibility is limited, and the long clutch-pedal travel and wide center console compromise the driving position. A convertible is also available.

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