• (4.2) 18 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,480–$5,832
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 27-45
  • Engine: 115-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2000 Volkswagen New Beetle

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2000 Volkswagen New Beetle Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Volkswagen's New Beetle, a smash hit in the United States that seems to appeal to everyone from graying Baby Boomers to Generation Yers who haven't started shaving, rolls into 2000 with a handful of new features.

Rumors of a New Beetle convertible are true, but the ragtop won't arrive until the 2001 or 2002 model year. Until then, the hardtop two-door hatchback continues as the lone body style. The New Beetle debuted in 1998 and has enjoyed more success in the United States than in Europe. It was named 1999 North American Car of the Year by a panel of automotive journalists. It also had the highest projected residual value of any 1999 vehicle.

The bubble-shaped roof gives the four-seat New Beetle a strong visual link to the original, but it infringes on rear headroom. Legroom is limited in back, too, so this isn't the best choice for a family car. There is 12 cubic feet of cargo space at the rear, and the split rear seatbacks fold for additional room.

All models have a new theft-deterrent feature that immobilizes the engine unless a key with the proper electronic code is used in the ignition. Heated seats formerly were available only with leather upholstery, but now the "bun warmers" are part of a less-expensive Cold Weather Package.

As a modern interpretation of the original, the New Beetle is a one-of a-kind sporty hatchback in a world filled with cookie-cutter sedans and coupes. Whereas the original had an air-cooled rear engine and rear-wheel drive, the New Beetle is based on the Golf/Jetta platform and has a front engine and front-wheel drive.The New Beetle won't get squashed like a bug in minor collisions. It suffered the least amount of damage in a series of four bumper tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, performing much better than several larger cars.

Under the Hood
Three four-cylinder engines are available. Base engine is a 115 horsepower, 2.0-liter. A turbocharged 1.8-liter with 150 horsepower (also used in the Audi A4) is available on GLS and GLX models. The GLS TDI model uses a 90-horsepower turbocharged direct-injection diesel. Manual and automatic transmissions are available with all three.The traction control system on models with the 1.8-liter engine adds a new feature that applies the brakes to one front wheel at a time when needed instead of both all the time. All models have standard anti-lock brakes and side-impact airbags for the front seats.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

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Perfect for Everyone

by CCMeyers from Ashtabula, Ohio on August 17, 2017

Love everything besides the cup holder placement. Worst spot to have one. would not recommend for having multiple passengers. My boyfriend and I both enjoyed this car. The seats are comfortable and it... Read Full Review

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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