(3.9) 9 reviews
MSRP: $1,139$7,595
Body Style: Hatchback
Combined MPG: 26-45
Engine: 115-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2002 Volkswagen New Beetle

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Early in 2002, a sporty new Turbo S edition of the New Beetle joined the lineup. This model is equipped with a turbocharged, high-output, 180-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed-manual transmission. Meanwhile, the New Beetle with the turbocharged, 150-hp, 1.8-liter engine ... Read Full Report


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Any way you drive it, the 2002 Volkswagen New Beetle is a rolling contradiction.Cute, quick, lovable, no longer psychedelic, hardly-like-the-original, but ... a contradiction.Where the reincarnated Beetle (unveiled at the 1998 Detroit Auto Show) was meant to spark nostalgia, the New Beetle Turbo S, unwrapped for '02, is meant for speed.It's small, yet incredibly safe. It's a... Read full review for the 2002 Volkswagen New Beetle

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What a Winner!

by RBDub from Missouri on June 25, 2010

I recently bought a diesel 2002 Beetle with 198K and it runs like a champ! Exterior has held up well and interior is like new! The gas mileage is AWESOME: 40 mpg highway, 36-37 mpg in town. I've put 6... Read Full Review

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A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

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