2001 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Great car for your daughter in

2001 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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GLS 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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Great car for your daughter in HS
By Suvacrew on


2001 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


I'm an Audi guy, had one of the first TTs and they had some issues, now drive an A8. But got my daughter the Beetle Sport 5 spd, red and loaded. Have had NO ISSUES apart from the door handles chipping. It's very similar to the TT in drive quality, if not giving up 30+ HP on the engine and feels much lighter on the road. The Sport's lo-pro wheels give it a nice handling sensation and the brakes are much more manageable than in the Audis. Perfect car for a new driver in HS. Relatively cheap to insure, the wheel panels are plastic and cheap to replace (luckily have had no need to) and it's a total chick car. I feel it's a safe car to be in.

Best Features

Panoramic view for the driver, great dash lighting scheme, Monsoon sound system is primo.

Worst Features

Relegate the arm rest to a lower location, it interferes with shifting and applying/taking off the parking brake. Always add an MP3 hook-up for tunes and make real sunvisors - these ones are useless.
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