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Volkswagen New Beetle Reviews from Consumer Reports

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Volkswagen New Beetle Reviews

The Volkswagen New Beetle is a 2-door hatchback, convertible offered in a 2dr Man 1.8T, 2dr Auto 2.5L w/Tech, 2dr Man 2.0T R-Line, 2dr DSG 2.0T R-Line w/Sound/Nav, 2dr Auto 2.5L w/Sun, 2dr DSG 2.0L TDI, 2dr DSG 2.0T Turbo R-Line, 2dr DSG 2.0T Turbo R-Line w/Sun/Sound, 2dr DSG 2.0T Turbo R-Line w/Sun/Sound/Nav, 2dr Auto 2.5L, 2dr Man 2.0L TDI, 2dr DSG 2.0T Turbo GSR, 2dr Auto 1.8T w/Sound/Nav, 2dr Auto 1.8T w/Sun, 2dr DSG 2.0T R-Line, 2dr Man 2.5L, 2dr Man 2.0L TDI w/Sun/Sound/Nav, 2dr DSG 2.0L TDI w/Sun/Sound/Nav, 2dr Man 2.0T Turbo R-Line w/Sun/Sound, 2dr Man 2.0T R-Line w/Sound/Nav, 2dr Man 1.8T w/Sun/Sound/Nav, 2dr Auto 1.8T, 2dr Man 1.8T w/Sun, 2dr Auto 2.5L w/Sound/Nav, 2dr Man 2.0T R-Line w/Sound, 2dr Auto 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav, 2dr Man 2.0T Turbo R-Line w/Sun/Sound/Nav, 2dr Man 2.0L TDI, 2dr DSG 2.0L TDI, 2dr Man 2.0T Turbo GSR, 2dr Auto 1.8T w/Tech, 2dr Auto 1.8T w/Sun/Sound/Nav, 2dr Auto 2.5L, 2dr Man 2.0L TDI w/Sound/Nav, 2dr DSG 2.0L TDI w/Sound/Nav, 2dr DSG 2.0T R-Line w/Sound, 2dr Man 2.5L w/Sun, 2dr Man 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav, 2dr Man 2.0T Turbo R-Line and 2dr Auto 1.8T. The powertrains include 1.8-liter 4 turbo (170 hp), 2.0-liter 4 turbo (210 hp), 2.0-liter 4 turbodiesel (140 hp) and 2.5-liter 5 (170 hp) engines, and 5-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, 6-speed manual and 6-speed sequential transmissions. It is Front wheel drive. EPA-rated fuel economy ranges from 22 mpg city to 31 mpg highway. The Beetle uses Regular fuel.

Competing models include Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra.

Last Model Reviewed: 2012

Reviewed Volkswagen New Beetles from Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports has placed the following models through over 50 tests at our test track:

  • 2012 Volkswagen New Beetle 2.5L 5-cyl MT
  • 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle convertible GLS 4-cyl MT

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