2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Best Fun Value All Around

2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible - Consumer Review

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Best Fun Value All Around
By EddyB on


2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


This bug is amazingly quiet with the top up and has minimal wind turbulence with the top down. Where this car departs from the rest of the herd is its amazingly smooth triptronic 6-speed automatic coupled to the quick/quiet turbo engine. The instrumentation is also one of the best, really like the blue/red lighting and the touch/feel of the controls are just the right size and everything is easily within reach. The editor knocked the car for rear- seat tightness, but who cares. . . my two wire-haired fox terriers love it! Fuel economy is fantastic and I have a heavy foot.

Best Features

The triptonic automatic transmission and 1.8T engine; the Monsoon radio is phenomenal; the soft-top is quick & easy to use, and the "all windows down/up" button. Seats are very supportive for my 6'1" frame and the telesopic steering wheel is a plus.

Worst Features

A single, in-dash CD player. Tinted outside rearview mirrors. Put cruise control on windshield wiper stalk rather than it being integrated in the turn signal stalk. Really want some brushed aluminum treatment on that gearshift selector and box.
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