• (4.6) 20 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,702$9,738
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 26-40
  • Engine: 150-hp, 2.5-liter I-5 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual w/OD
2006 Volkswagen New Beetle

Our Take on the 2006 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 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 Convertible debut... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Backseat space
  • Cargo space in convertible
  • Once innovative design now somewhat dated

Notable Features

  • Retro styling
  • New inline-five-cylinder for 2006
  • Manual or automatic
  • Coupe or convertible


Our Expert Reviews

I was up to no good. But there's only so much wrong you can do in a Volkswagen New Beetle. It looks slow even when it's going fast.It's the egg shape. I'm convinced. People don't take seriously cars that resemble eggs, and the New Beetle looks like an egg threefold. There is the center portion, the main body of the car. It looks like an egg. There are the wheel wells fr... Read full review for the 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle

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by joe from planation fl on February 18, 2011

i purchased 2006 grey vw beetle with a black cloth top in 2008 because i have drive an hour to work every night and my truck was killing me on gas. the vw bug has great gas milage and rides very smoot... Read Full Review

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