2000 New Beetle New Car Test Drive
Volkswagen's New Beetle isn't so new as it was last year, but it still attracts attention and draws comments. It is cute. It's also fun to drive. A taut suspension provides the driver with excellent control on mountain roads and makes it supremely stable at high speeds. Government (NHTSA) crash testing indicates the Beetle is quite safe - something that couldn't be said of the old Beetle familiar to us all.
Adding to the Beetlemania is a new 1.8T model that includes a much more powerful engine. The 150-horsepower turbocharged engine allows der Beetle to squirt out of corners like a Golf GTI; in other words, der Beetle is quick.
Five models are available: GL ($15,900); GLS 2.0L ($16,850); GLS TDI (17,900); GLS 1.8T ($19,000); GLX ($21,075).
GL and GLS are powered by Volkswagen's 115-horsepower 2.0-liter engine. GLS TDI uses a 90-horsepower 1.9-liter turbocharged diesel engine. The 1.8T comes with a 150-horsepower turbocharged 1.8-liter engine. The 1.8T is available in two trim lines: the GLS 1.8T and the fully loaded GLX.