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1998 Highlights

Volkswagen revives a legend using retro styling touches wrapped around Golf underpinnings.

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  • It's cute. It's quirky. It's retro. It's an image car we can all afford.


  • It's a fancy-schmancy Golf, which means it's not the same as the original. Good or bad? You decide.

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Features & Specs

TDi 2dr Hatchback2dr Hatchback
Transmission5-speed manual5-speed manual
Horsepower90 hp @ 4000 rpm115 hp @ 5200 rpm


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

Top Consumer Reviews

Read what other owners think about the 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle


Consumer Rating

It's worth the few flaws!!
I bought this car last year with 100,000 miles on it, and throughout the additional 16,000 miles i've driven, the problems have been minor, few, and far between. I felt confident buying it with so many miles already on it because Volkswagen engines seem to be bulletproof. Initially when idling, the engine would have a tendency to overheat in the Florida summers but having a mechanic for a father and adjusting the cooling system there haven't been any problems since. The transmission is a little rough during acceleration and deceleration, but it's 14 years old. I rear ended a pickup once pretty hard and the truck suffered a lot worse than the Beetle! Very safe, love this car.
3rd owner 98 beetle TDI
If you can buy one used these days, do it. I got mine for under 3k and it has 180k miles on it. I got it because I found it at such a great price and VW mechanic owned. I never expected I'd ever like owning a new beetle and just saw it as a cheap, clean car that gets incredible gas Mileage. Being 6'2" I usually would never have bought a car this small but I do have a good 6 inches of headroom between the top of my head and the headliner. It's not fast, but it's quick. The torque is a lot for that little bug and it really does get around. Overall I'm very happy with my second hand purchase and maybe I just got a good one by the looks of the mixed reviews here.
My very 1st Car !!!
This car is a great 1st car . I'm in love with my Red Buggy! Having to refill the gas tank can be kind of hectic but it's a very cute and enough room for me and my friends to ride in comfortably. It's not for a group of 5 at all, I love the long dashboard and how I can adjust the seat just right so I can get comfortable. My car is 18 years old my parents bought it through a friend and when we got it , it barely worked now it runs as good as any car on the road today just needs tint and a paint job and she'll be back to good.
Used 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle Overview

The Used 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle comes with front wheel drive, . Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual, .

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1998 Volkswagen New Beetle Gas Mileage

1998 Volkswagen New Beetle TDi 2dr Hatchback, 5-speed manual, diesel fuel
38 compined MPG,
34 city MPG/43 highway MPG

1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Hatchback, 5-speed manual, regular unleaded
23 compined MPG,
20 city MPG/27 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG38
Transmission5-speed manual
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement1.9 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase98.9 in.
Length161.1 in.
Width67.9 in.
Height59.5 in.
Curb Weight2712 lbs.