I bought this car for my wife as a gift. She had wanted one for some time and this particular VW was extensively equipped with some really cool features (leather, monsoon, spoiler, eyelids, tinted windows, sunroof, moonroof, etc...) I myself am a bigger guy at 5'10" 240 lbs. and was pleasantly surprised when we took our first 3+ hour trip. The only complaint that I have (and it is minor) is that the seats do not recline. The car has ran great, the service that we have received has been top notch and the electrical problems that we were promised to have by other dealerships haven't even glimpsed themselves into the picture.
If you like these cars don't be scared by a couple bad reviews. There are literally thousands of these beetles out there and a handful of band reviews can be caused by any number of things.
We both love this car and wouldn't do anything different. The gas mileage is great in a high fuel cost economy and the sporty look and feel makes the car an absolute blast to drive.