2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Absolute top fuel economy
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Absolute top fuel economy
By Ernie Rogers on

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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)

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Don't believe "experts," EPA on fuel economy. The TDI outperforms any other on the highway. My mileage: 52.5 winter, 57.1 summer, at 65 mph. Nobody can touch that, even a 5-pas. hybrid. (Except VW Beetle, Jetta, Golf manual TDIs) I drive 800 miles on one tank, any day of the year, any place. I drove Provo, UT to Fresno, CA and refilled in CA for $25. Eat your heart out, Prius. These TDIs have power. Handling is very smooth. You want something that needs improvement? Okay, the body style is just not as good as the old bug, but not bad for German engineers. (The original people's car was designed by Penin Farina, Italian, the best that ever lived.)

Favorite Features

The engine and manual transmission-- keep it up, VW. Oh, and nice bud vase comes with this car.

Suggested Improvements

To the factory: Lower the Cd. I can help you with this if you ask.
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