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Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Compact
Production years: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Built on the same platform as its Golf sibling from the same era, the Beetle appealed to the collective memory and followed the retro-design trend.

While the Golf and the rest of the compact-sized vehicles built by the Volkswagen Group were mainly built for practicality, the Beetle was created to attract the old times. Some people grew up with their parents' old Beetle and tried to get the same feelings now on board this rounded vehicle. Unlike the original Beetle, this one came with both the engine and the transmission at the front.

The car's front fascia featured rounded headlights that clearly mimicked the old Beetle's ones. Moreover, it didn't even feature an upper grille, just a low-mounted one into the apron. From its sides, the entire car looked like it was designed using just three half-circles: one for the greenhouse and the other two for the front and rear wheel arches. Its tall side windows and long doors allowed passengers to easily get in and out of the cabin. Its sloped back, with a wide windscreen, also resembled its ancestor.

Inside, Volkswagen created an airy cabin with two bucket seats at the front and a bench in the back. The Beetle's dashboard was one of the most attractive parts of the vehicle. Its minimalist design was complemented by a round instrument cluster that resembled the original Beetle. In addition, the automaker placed a small vase and support next to the dials, so the owner could put a small flower in there.

Volkswagen installed a wide choice of engines, depending on the market. While the Europeans got the famous TDI engines, the U.S. customers were treated mostly with gas-powered inline-fours.

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VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  6 gasoline engines
  • 1.4L 5MT (75 HP)
  • 1.6L 5MT (102 HP)
  • 1.8L Turbo 5MT (150 HP)
  • 2.0L 5MT (115 HP)
  • 2.0L 6AT (115 HP)
  • 2.5L 5MT (150 HP)
  1 diesel engine
  • 1.9L TDI 5MT (105 HP)
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brochures (download)
VOLKSWAGEN Beetle Brochure

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1.4L 5MT (75 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L 5MT (75 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1390 cm3
Power
55 KW @ 5000 RPM
75 HP @ 5000 RPM
74 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
93 lb-ft @ 3300 RPM
126 Nm @ 3300 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
14.5 gallons (54.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
100 mph (161 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/65 TR15
DIMENSIONS
Length
162.6 in (4130 mm)
Width
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Height
59.1 in (1501 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/58.7 in (1,501/1,491 mm)
Wheelbase
99.2 in (2520 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.6 cuFT (215 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2550.7 lbs (1157 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3637.7 lbs (1650 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
25.3 mpg US (9.3 L/100Km)
Highway
41.3 mpg US (5.7 L/100Km)
Combined
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
168 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1.6L 5MT (102 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 5MT (102 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1596 cm3
Power
75 KW @ 5600 RPM
102 HP @ 5600 RPM
101 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
109 lb-ft @ 3800 RPM
148 Nm @ 3800 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
14.5 gallons (54.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
111.2 mph (179 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/65TR15
DIMENSIONS
Length
162.6 in (4130 mm)
Width
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Height
59.1 in (1501 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/58.7 in (1,501/1,491 mm)
Wheelbase
99.2 in (2520 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.6 cuFT (215 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2594.8 lbs (1177 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3703.8 lbs (1680 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
22.8 mpg US (10.3 L/100Km)
Highway
39.9 mpg US (5.9 L/100Km)
Combined
31.4 mpg US (7.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
180 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1.8L Turbo 5MT (150 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L Turbo 5MT (150 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1781 cm3
Power
110 KW @ 5800 RPM
150 HP @ 5800 RPM
148 BHP @ 5800 RPM
Torque
162 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
220 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
14.5 gallons (54.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
126.1 mph (203 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55WR16
DIMENSIONS
Length
162.6 in (4130 mm)
Width
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Height
59.1 in (1501 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/58.7 in (1,501/1,491 mm)
Wheelbase
99.2 in (2520 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.6 cuFT (215 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2742.6 lbs (1244 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3858.1 lbs (1750 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
21.4 mpg US (11 L/100Km)
Highway
36.8 mpg US (6.4 L/100Km)
Combined
29 mpg US (8.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
194 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 2.0L 5MT (115 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 5MT (115 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1984 cm3
Power
85 KW @ 5400 RPM
116 HP @ 5400 RPM
114 BHP @ 5400 RPM
Torque
127 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM
172 Nm @ 3200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
14.5 gallons (54.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
115 mph (185 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55WR16
DIMENSIONS
Length
162.6 in (4130 mm)
Width
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Height
59.1 in (1501 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/58.7 in (1,501/1,491 mm)
Wheelbase
99.2 in (2520 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.6 cuFT (215 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2691.8 lbs (1221 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3769.9 lbs (1710 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19.8 mpg US (11.9 L/100Km)
Highway
34.6 mpg US (6.8 L/100Km)
Combined
27 mpg US (8.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
210 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 2.0L 6AT (115 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 6AT (115 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1984 cm3
Power
85 KW @ 5400 RPM
116 HP @ 5400 RPM
114 BHP @ 5400 RPM
Torque
127 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM
172 Nm @ 3200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
14.5 gallons (54.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
113 mph (182 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55WR16
DIMENSIONS
Length
162.6 in (4130 mm)
Width
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Height
59.1 in (1501 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/58.7 in (1,501/1,491 mm)
Wheelbase
99.2 in (2520 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.6 cuFT (215 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2701 lbs (1225 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3814 lbs (1730 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17.7 mpg US (13.3 L/100Km)
Highway
34.1 mpg US (6.9 L/100Km)
Combined
25.6 mpg US (9.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
222 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 2.5L 5MT (150 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L 5MT (150 HP)
Cylinders
L5
Displacement
2480 cm3
Power
110 KW @ 5000 RPM
150 HP @ 5000 RPM
148 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
170 lb-ft @ 3750 RPM
230 Nm @ 3750 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
14.5 gallons (54.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
125 mph (201 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55 R16 H
DIMENSIONS
Length
161.1 in (4092 mm)
Width
67.9 in (1725 mm)
Height
59 in (1499 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.4/58.8 in (1,509/1,494 mm)
Wheelbase
98.8 in (2510 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
12 cuFT (340 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2965 lbs (1345 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
20 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)
Highway
28 mpg US (8.4 L/100Km)
Notes
Notice
US only

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1.9L TDI 5MT (105 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9L TDI 5MT (105 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1896 cm3
Power
77 KW @ 4000 RPM
105 HP @ 4000 RPM
103 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
177 lb-ft @ 1800 RPM
240 Nm @ 1800 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
14.5 gallons (54.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
111.8 mph (180 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
162.6 in (4130 mm)
Width
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Height
59.1 in (1501 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/58.7 in (1,501/1,491 mm)
Wheelbase
99.2 in (2520 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.6 cuFT (215 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2791.1 lbs (1266 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3792 lbs (1720 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
34.6 mpg US (6.8 L/100Km)
Highway
51.1 mpg US (4.6 L/100Km)
Combined
43.6 mpg US (5.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
146 g/km
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