2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: So I bought another!

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So I bought another!
By SilverBlur on


2002 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


This is my second New Beetle (I
bought a 98 when they first came out).
What a great car! Between the two (and
there's not much difference beyond the
engine) I have driven it from
Washington to Los Angeles, from Florida
to Nova Scotia, and 92,000 miles
beyond. The New Beetle is par none one
of the most comfy around-town and cross-
country small cars. None of the aching
back and butt you usually get after a
few hours on the road. Well-placed
controls, a full-size spare, and a
Monsoon sound system make for an all
around great experience.

Best Features

Real drivers will find the turbo well worth the extra few dollars. The fact that you can use the cupholders AND the radio at the same time is nice, too (as silly as that sounds, that's just not the case on most compact and sub- compact cars).

Worst Features

Where is the convertible?!? Sure it'll kill the Cabrio once the Beetle goes topless, but you know you'd buy one (or at least rent it from Budget for the annual beach trip).
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