The VW Beetle is very economical gas-wise. The VW Beetle uses 87 grade regular gas, which is also the most inexpensive. MPG should be the selling point for the VW Beetle. I drive back and forth to the train which is over 20 miles away everyday and not to mention running all over on the weekend for personal and chores. Doing all of that and it's a lot I only have to put half a tank of gas to keep it full--every two weeks. Then it is only $20.00 every two weeks, when gas prices are low. $27.00 every two weeks when gas prices rise. I love a bargain and I love thrift stores. Some of the things that I have packed in the VW after a weekend excursion you would not believe. The VW Beetle is roomy. Don't judge this book by its cover, the VW beetle looks like a very small car, but this car is roomy. You can let the back seat down and it becomes a flat carry all. The VW is angled and made to fit all angles of furniture, etc. Sitting in the passenger back seat isn't roomy, except for children, but the front seats are very roomy with plenty of leg room for the taller person Handability is great, the ride is smooth, not choppy or bumpy. The manuever-ability is great. All those little parking spaces that no one would dare even try to fit in, is a piece of cake for the VW beetle. It doesn't dominant space. All in all, this is one great car. I love the fact that this car has something that has become obsolete--a tape player. In addition to a CD player.
Drove the original beetle as a teenager (1/2 my lifetime ago) and love the new beetle just as much! Great headroom, speedy pickup, super fun to drive. Really wanted a motorcycle, but the family voted it down (safety, you know), so got the convertible beetle as the next best thing (wind in my hair, etc.). Impressive safety features and stylish!
As a 6'4" tall gentleman I find it hard to sit in most coupes. If there is one thing that can be said about the Beetle, it's plenty big enough for the driver and passenger (the back seat on the other hand... well, it's a bit tight). The car itself drives and handles well, but mine has been plagued with little problems (all of which have been fixed for free under the warranty). My top froze open, a window stopped working, turn signal stopped working and various lights and sensors have broken. Apart from that, the car has nice styling and when the top down it's a comfortable ride. But at $24k (new) I'd spend the money elsewhere, or just wait on that convertible you've always wanted.