The 2009 Beetle sedan is available in a well-equipped base model “S” as well as the “SE” with premium sound, heated front seats and heated windshield washer nozzles. The 2009 model is essentially a carryover from 2008.

The VW Beetle convertible is available in Black, Laser Blue, Gecko Green, Salsa Red, Harvest Moon and Sunflower Yellow. The sedan also is available in Platinum Gray and Reflex Silver.

From the sides, a character line plays off the fenders and a relatively flat mid-body and presents a “hunkered down” look. Black roof trim frames the familiar silhouette.

In a nod to the importance that Beetle drivers place on their music, Volkswagen designers placed the auxiliary input jack in a visible location in the center console.

A two-speed windshield wiper system features a four-speed intermittent wipe feature. A large assist handle across the instrument panel above the glove box and two rear-passenger assist straps located on the B-pillar on hardtop models ensure interior comfort.

The Beetle is offered with the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine. It delivers 150 horsepower and 170 lbs.-ft. of torque. A five-speed manual transmission operates smoothly with a hydraulic clutch. An available six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic allows for driver-selected gear changes.

Base model estimated mpg: 20/28

Estimated starting price: $17,990

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