(3.8) 15 reviews
MSRP: $2,659$8,599
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
2005 Volkswagen New Beetle

Our Take on the 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle

Our Take

Following its debut for the 1998 model year, Volkswagen's retro-themed New Beetle saw an early sales surge. Its popularity waned somewhat later, prompting Volkswagen to look for variants. A sporty Turbo S edition joined the lineup in 2002 but was dropped after 2004, and a New Beetle Converti... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Performance of 2.0-liter-powered convertible
  • Backseat space
  • Cargo space in convertible
  • Once innovative design now becoming dated

Notable Features

  • Retro styling
  • Gasoline or diesel powertrain
  • Manual or automatic
  • Coupe or convertible


Consumer Reviews


Average based on 15 reviews

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by KT484U from Lexington, N.C. on October 31, 2011

I just love this car. I think the style and performance are great. I have so far had no problems with this car and it has 92k miles. It is fun to drive and I get compliments on it everywhere I go.Gas ... Read Full Review

8 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 6 recalls for this car.

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