(4.9) 15 reviews
MSRP: $3,970$10,534
Body Style: Hatchback
Combined MPG: 24
Engine: 150-hp, 2.5-liter I-5 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2008 Volkswagen New Beetle

Our Take on the 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle

Our Take

For 2008, little has changed for Volkswagen's New Beetle other than changes in options and the renaming of trim levels: last year's base New Beetle and 2.5L are now called the S and SE. The Beetle is a compact car that's also offered as a convertible. It competes with similar smal... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • Retro styling
  • Manual or automatic
  • Coupe or convertible

6 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.