• (3.9) 19 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,230–$6,530
  • 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
2001 Volkswagen New Beetle

Our Take on the Latest Model 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle

2001 Volkswagen New Beetle Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Volkswagen confirms that a convertible version of the New Beetle is coming as a 2002 model, answering the prayers of some loyal fans. For 2001, the two-door hatchback returns with a handful of new features.

A premium Monsoon sound system is standard on the GLX model, while it is a new option on the GLS. New options also include 17-inch alloy wheels and high-intensity discharge headlights.

Built on the front-drive Golf/Jetta platform, the New Beetle has been more of a hit in the United States than in Europe, drawing a cross section of American buyers that ranges from teen-agers getting their first car to aging baby boomers reliving their youth.

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, and it performed much better than several larger cars.

As a modern interpretation of the original Beetle, the current model 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 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 may not be 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 standard theft-deterrent feature that immobilizes the engine unless a key with the proper electronic code is used in the ignition.

Under the Hood
Three four-cylinder engines are available. The base engine is a 115-horsepower 2.0-liter. A turbocharged 1.8-liter with 150 hp is available on GLS and GLX models. The GLS TDI model uses a turbocharged 90-hp 1.9-liter direct-injection diesel. Four-speed automatic and five-speed manual transmissions are available with all three.

All models have standard antilock brakes and side-impact airbags for the front seats. Models with the 1.8-liter turbo feature standard traction control.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 19 reviews

Write a Review

Great value and fun car to own

by RobM from on June 7, 2017

Punch buggy green!! Nice reliable car. Great on gas and fun to drive. Gotta love the classic design!!!!

Read All Consumer Reviews

8 Trims Available

Photo of undefined
Wondering which configuration is right for you?
Our 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle trim comparison will help you decide.

Volkswagen New Beetle Articles

2001 Volkswagen New Beetle Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 11 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

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

Save on maintenance costs and do your own repairs.

Warranty Coverage

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

Learn More About Warranties

Warranties Explained


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.

Other Years