(4.0) 25 reviews
MSRP: $2,503$8,423
Body Style: Hatchback
Combined MPG: 26-42
Engine: 115-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 5-speed manual w/OD
2004 Volkswagen New Beetle

Our Take on the 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle

Our Take

Following its debut for the 1998 model year, the Volkswagen New Beetle helped spark an early sales surge. A sporty new Turbo S edition joined the lineup in 2002, and a New Beetle Convertible debuted early in the 2003 model year.For 2004, the GLX version exits the lineup, leaving only the GL, GLS ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Performance of non-turbo convertible
  • Backseat space
  • Cargo space in convertible

Notable Features

  • Retro-look styling
  • Gasoline or diesel engine
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Available turbocharged engines
  • Coupe and convertible body styles


Our Expert Reviews

What an interesting life the Volkswagen Beetle has lived. First it was hot. Then it was not. Then it was hot again. And then not, again. More than six years ago, when the Golf-based New Beetle first arrived on these shores (in its second incarnation), the buying public went nuts. It was cuddly. It was odd. It was a better version than anything anyone ever remembered, especially the noisy... Read full review for the 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle

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Top Replacement Cost

by roccormom from Biloxi, MS on June 14, 2010

If you're thinking about buying a new or used Beetle, one thing to consider would be the cost of the canopy replacement. VW will replace a canvas top for approximately 4,100 dollars (I didn't even ask... Read Full Review

9 Trims Available

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.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 8 recalls for this car.

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