The Beetle is roomier than the first generation 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 standard five-cylinder engine delivers enough thrust but sounds gruff and unrefined. We got a less-than-stellar 26 mpg overall with the five-speed manual. Turbocharged gas and diesel engines are also available. 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. First year reliability is well below average.