2009 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible, Silver-Red Edition
2009 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible, Silver-Red Edition. Click image to enlarge

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2009 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible, Silver-Red Edition

Inside Story is a review of interior comfort features, cabin controls, storage options, trunk space and under-hood accessibility based on a seven-day evaluation.

The Special Edition: in automotive speak, this usually means the application of decals, unique trim, interior swatches, and a badge dipped in liquid marketing. In most cases, the vehicle is anything but new, such as the New Beetle Convertible pictured here. This unit is the Silver-Red Edition, because it’s silver AND red. This low production combo is also appearing on a select group of New Beetle Hardtops. While it’s hard not to become enamoured with the iconic flanks, the New Beetle Convertible no longer has a lock on retro. Even at an MSRP of $32,575 as tested, the economies are questionable, when compared to such retro-rags as the Mini Cooper and Mustang. (Prices shown do not include freight, taxes, regional or promotional incentives.)

The Cockpit/Centre Stack:
2009 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible Silver-Red
2009 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible, Silver-Red Edition. Click image to enlarge

Capturing every nuance of the original Type 1 Beetle would be a neat trick in the New Beetle. (Where’s the lever for the fuel tank Reserve?) Metal dashboards and two-spoke wheels are verboten, which explains the stylized interpretation of the oversized round gauge centre. The tachometer sweep is almost the same size as the fuel gauge, which makes for a squinty read. The three-spoke wheel is thin and control free, with little in the way of sporting nature. The cruise control is located on the turn signal stalk. A single CD changer handles the audio requests, with manual single-zone HVAC controls beneath. The stability control toggle is found in the switch bank below the HVAC array. The six-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox gets a Manu-Gate, and a Sport mode, with no steering wheel-mounted paddles. Retro weirdness helps explain the high door position for the exterior power mirrors positioning. Note the keyed trunk lock-out. The window lifts are interesting, to say the least. Use the key on the exterior, and all four windows do an Auto descent. Inside, only the driver’s door and front passenger pane could perform this feat, also equipped with Auto-Up. (Rear panes are manual Power-Glide.) A four-pane multi-switch on the driver’s door window pod is not an Auto, though it is downright convenient.

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