I don't if I'm the right person to write a review, because I am a dedicated VW enthusiast, and I live, eat sleep and breathe aircooled VWs.
A lot of people have complaints about Beetles, but I love this car. I drive it every day and she (her name is June) rarely fails to start. When something is wrong, I usually fix it in 10 minutes. It's so simple. I know what every part on the engine is and how it works.
The more I drive it, the more I love it. The heater will burn you up, although the defroster isn't very good. You have to open a vent window.
It's not that small on the inside, and I don't think it's that uncomfortable. It's no BMW though. The ride is choppy, but it is because it has one of the most durable suspensions ever built. It's at home on any terrain. Oh, and did I mention the traction? Excellent traction.
It only takes 2 1/2 quarts of oil, and you never have to add antifreeze, because there's no radiator! And it gets 29-31 MPG.
It's no Porsche, but the dual port 1600 has plenty of power to get out of its own way, and will cruise at 75mph nicely. It's noisy, yes, but it's a Bug, it's supposed to be. Plus I love that aircooled sound. In today's terms, it's not the safest car on the road, but I've seen some new cars (Geo Metro) that didn't hold up as well as some Bugs did.
Overall, a fun little car to drive and maintain. You gotta love 'em though. It's a piece of history you can drive every day.