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Volkswagen New Beetle

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Volkswagen Beetle

The VW Beetle is superbly made, attractively trimmed and well equipped

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
1.4 16V 75 hp 7 l/100km Petrol 14.6 s 161 km/h
1.9 TDI 90 hp 5.5 l/100km Diesel 13.1 s 171 km/h
1.6 100 hp 7.5 l/100km Petrol 11 s 178 km/h
1.9 TDI 101 hp 5.1 l/100km Diesel 12.4 s 178 km/h
1.6 102 hp 7.5 l/100km Petrol 11.6 s 179 km/h
2.0 115 hp 8.7 l/100km Petrol 10 s 185 km/h
1.8 T 150 hp 8.3 l/100km Petrol 9 s 203 km/h
2.3 VR5 20V 170 hp 8.9 l/100km Petrol 8.7 s 211 km/h
RSI 3.2 224 hp 12 l/100km Petrol 6.7 s 225 km/h

Body type Coupe
Number of doors 3
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front
Length 4 081 mm
Width 1 724 mm
Height 1 498 mm
Wheelbase 2 508 mm
Ground clearance 130 mm
Weight (normal) 1 160 kg
Weight (max) 1 620 kg
Boot space (min) 209 l
Boot space (max) 769 l
Fuel capacity 55 l


   The Volkswagen Beetle is produced since 1998. It is available as a coupe or convertible.

   The VW Beetle is powered by a wide range of engines, including two 1.9-liter turbodiesels, and turbocharged 1.8-liter petrol. There is also a 3.2-liter RSI available for the range topper.

   The new Beetle has nothing in common with the rear-engined original, except the 'retro' design. It is based on the VW Golf and has the same solid build quality.

   It is relatively silent inside as you do not hear to much of the wind or road noise, except the TDIs with noisy engines. Engines with the smaller displacement, the 1.4-liter in particular, needs to be worked hard on the motorway.

   Beetle should hold it's value well, as all Volkswagens do. Unfortunately it has higher servicing costs comparing with the Golf. It is also not as economical on fuel.

   The car is beautifully made from good materials, that are put together nicely. Interior is rather stylish. As all VWs it has a very high assembly standards. It's mechanical parts are already proven and are made to last.

   The Beetle comes with a full range of safety equipment including airbags and electronic chassis aids. Furthermore it's security systems are quiet troublesome for thieves to get in and to drive away.

   Originally the New Beetle is intended for 5 persons, although in reality it is a two-seater. The rear seats are suitable only for kids, furthermore the boot is small as well. Other drawbacks of the Beetle are not the most comfortable drivers position and poor visibility. It is quiet tricky while parking as well. If you prefer practicality, better stick to the Golf.

   During the production process some engines were renewed for better performance and lower fuel consumption. Some exterior details were slightly restyled as well. Chrome trim has been added to the air vents and to the interior. It also has new colors and interior fabrics. Recently Beetle comes with an alloy wheels, ABS, CD player and electric windows as standard.

   The New Beetle convertible is produced since 2002 and comes with a choice of 5 engines.

   Production of the Volkswagen New Beetle still continues it should be in production till 2009.


   Advantages: Attractive classic looks, with superbly made and trimmed interior. Furthermore it is well equipped and fun to own.

   Disadvantages: Engines, performance and ride quality are only average. The rear accommodation was sacrificed for style.

   Verdict: Buy it only for its retro looks.

   Also consider: Audi A3, MINI.


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