2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Roomiest of all Vehicles, Hand

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Roomiest of all Vehicles, Handles great!
By otter63 on


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


I'm 6 feet, 6 inches tall, need lots of headroom. This is the only car, truck, or SUV in which I have ROOM TO SPARE ABOVE MY HEAD. Got the GL, as a sunroof would have eliminated the headroom. Surprising amount of "hip room". I have plenty of room to let my knees out to the side, without hitting power window or gearshift consoles. Got the diesel with the intent of running biodiesel, helping eliminate our dependence on oil, but VW says that will put my warranty at risk. Anyway, I'm AVERAGING 50 mpg with petroleum diesel. Best so far is 62 mpg - seems to be more efficient at 70 mph than 60.

Best Features

Barber shop chair style height adjusters. Handling. Monsoon sound system. Heated seats - great for keeping your woman warm without heating up the whole car. Low maintenance requirements of a diesel will save you thousands of dollars.

Worst Features

Wiper motor died - replaced under warranty. Felt strip in side mirror is falling out. Sheet metal on rear hatch is a little weak - got very slightly creased by a car wash. Needs bigger side mirrors - significant blind spots. Tougher paint.
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