2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Reviews

2002 New Beetle New Car Test Drive

Introduction

Volkswagen has kicked its retro-fad car into high gear with the introduction of a New Beetle Turbo S. Flying off the line from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a mere 7.4 seconds, the new Turbo S promises to appeal to a wider audience: guys, in other words. 

A true lightning bug, the Turbo S has been clocked at 130 mph and features a speed-activated rear spoiler. That sounds like more than a mere nostalgia car. Technically, competitors will include its cousin, the Audi TT, its stablemates, the Golf GTI, and, in some circles, other retro-mobiles like the PT Cruiser, the Thunderbird and the Mini. But the newest Beetle's unique looks and stand-out performance make it a species apart. 

The rest of the Beetle line continues to turn heads, however, and 2002 brings special color editions in Riviera Blue and Pastel Green; Snap Orange, Double Yellow, and Cyber Green come with special seats, trim, and wheel inserts. Very cool. 

Lineup

Six models of the New Beetle are available: GL; GLS 2.0L; GLS TDI; GLS 1.8T; GLX, and the new Turbo S. 

GL ($15,900) and GLS 2.0L ($16,850) are powered by Volkswagen's 115-horsepower 2.0-liter engine. 

GLS TDI ($17,900) 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 ($19,200) and the fully loaded GLX ($21,500). 

Turbo S ($22,850) is equipped with Volkswagen/Audi/Porsche's next-generation 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. 

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