2001 New Beetle New Car Test Drive
Volkswagen's New Beetle is no longer that new, having been around for about four years now. With new entrants such as the Chrysler PT Cruiser, Ford Thunderbird, and Mini Cooper stealing headlines, der Beetle no longer basks alone in the retro-fad limelight. Out on the road, in the real world, however, the New Beetle still attracts attention.
More important to people who own one, the Beetle's driving dynamics continue to deliver a spunky driving experience to go along with its spunky-yet-timeless looks. Opt for the 150-horsepower 1.8T turbocharged model, and the Beetle is downright quick.
Five models are available: GL ($15,900); GLS 2.0L ($16,850); GLS TDI ($17,900); GLS 1.8T ($19,000); GLX ($21,175).
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.