Volkswagen New Beetle Information

Safety · Fuel Efficiency · MPG

Volkswagen New Beetle Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has conducted 3 recalls, 0 investigations of reports of a defective product, and recorded 27 safety complaints filed against this vehicle.


Crash Test Results (ratings out of 5):

Year Variation Overall Rating Front Crash Rating
(Driver)
Front Crash
(Passenger)
Side Crash
(Driver side)
Side Crash
(Passenger side)
Rollover
2010 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle 2-DR. w/SAB Not Rated 4 (picture) 4 5 3 4
2010 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible w/SAB Not Rated 4 4 Not Rated Not Rated 4
2009 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle 2-DR. w/SAB Not Rated 4 (picture) 4 5 3 4
2009 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible w/SAB Not Rated 4 4 Not Rated Not Rated 4
2008 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle 2-DR. w/SAB Not Rated 4 (picture) 4 5 3 4
2008 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible w/SAB Not Rated 4 4 Not Rated Not Rated 4
2007 2007 Volkswagen New Beetle 2-DR. w/SAB Not Rated 4 (picture) 4 5 3 4
2007 2007 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible w/SAB Not Rated 4 4 Not Rated Not Rated 4
2006 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle 2-DR. w/SAB Not Rated 4 (picture) 4 5 3 4
2005 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle 2-DR. w/SAB Not Rated 4 (picture) 4 5 3 4
2004 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle 2-DR. w/SAB Not Rated 4 (picture) 4 5 3 4
2004 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible w/SAB Not Rated 4 4 Not Rated Not Rated 4
2003 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle 2-DR. w/SAB Not Rated 4 (picture) 4 5 3 4
2002 2002 Volkswagen New Beetle 2-DR. w/SAB Not Rated 4 (picture) 4 5 3 Not Rated
2001 2001 Volkswagen Beetle 2-DR. w/SAB Not Rated 4 (picture) 4 5 3 Not Rated
2000 2000 Volkswagen Beetle 2-DR. w/SAB Not Rated 4 (picture) 4 5 3 Not Rated
1999 1999 Volkswagen Beetle 2-DR. w/SAB Not Rated 4 (picture) 4 5 3 Not Rated

Fuel Efficiency

Volkswagen has manufactured models of New Beetle for 13 years. They average 26.6 combined miles per gallon, with the latest 2010 New Beetle below average at 23 combined MPG.

Government regulators estimate the fuel cost of the 2010 New Beetle to be $1,700 per year. This estimate is based on 15,000 miles driven, 55% city driving and 45% highway driving, and regular gasoline.

Compared to other vehicles, you spend $1,250 more over 5 years compared to an average vehicle.

The New Beetle consumes about 14 barrels of petroleum per year, according to the standard estimate of 15,000 miles driven. Most of the world's petroleum comes from countries like Russia, Saudi Arabia, the U.S., and Iraq.

Vehicle Model Combined MPG Highway MPG City MPG
2010 Volkswagen New Beetle 23 29 20
2009 Volkswagen New Beetle 23 29 20
2008 Volkswagen New Beetle 23 29 20
2007 Volkswagen New Beetle 23 29 20
2006 Volkswagen New Beetle 23 29 20
2005 Volkswagen New Beetle 23 28 19
2004 Volkswagen New Beetle 24 28 21
2003 Volkswagen New Beetle 24 29 21
2002 Volkswagen New Beetle 24 28 21
2001 Volkswagen New Beetle 24 28 21
2000 Volkswagen New Beetle 24 28 21
1999 Volkswagen New Beetle 24 28 21
1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 23 27 20

MPG breakdown by model options

The Volkswagen New Beetle has 61 different model options on record with the EPA since 1998. For the most accurate MPG estimates, find your exact model below.

Vehicle Model Combined MPG Highway MPG City MPG
2010 Manual 5-spd, 5-cyl, 2.5 L 23 28 20
2010 Automatic (S6), 5-cyl, 2.5 L 23 29 20
2009 Manual 5-spd, 5-cyl, 2.5 L 23 28 20
2009 Automatic (S6), 5-cyl, 2.5 L 23 29 20
2008 Manual 5-spd, 5-cyl, 2.5 L 23 28 20
2008 Automatic (S6), 5-cyl, 2.5 L 23 29 20
2007 Manual 5-spd, 5-cyl, 2.5 L 23 28 20
2007 Automatic (S6), 5-cyl, 2.5 L 23 29 20
2006 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 34 40 31
2006 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 1.9 L 33 38 30
2006 Manual 5-spd, 5-cyl, 2.5 L 23 28 20
2006 Automatic (S6), 5-cyl, 2.5 L 23 29 20
2005 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 24 28 22
2005 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 1.8 L 22 28 19
2005 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 35 41 32
2005 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 1.9 L 33 38 30
2005 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 28 21
2005 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 23 28 19
2004 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 23 27 20
2004 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 24 28 21
2004 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 23 28 20
2004 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 36 42 32
2004 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 1.9 L 33 38 30
2004 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 28 21
2004 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 28 21
2003 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 33 39 29
2003 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 38 44 35
2003 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 23 27 20
2003 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 29 21
2003 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 23 27 20
2003 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 24 28 21
2003 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 23 28 20
2002 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 23 28 20
2002 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 23 27 20
2002 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 24 28 21
2002 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 33 39 29
2002 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 38 44 35
2002 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 23 27 20
2002 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 28 21
2001 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 22 26 20
2001 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 24 28 22
2001 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 33 40 29
2001 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 38 44 35
2001 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 22 26 20
2001 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 28 21
2000 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 22 25 19
2000 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 24 28 22
2000 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 33 40 29
2000 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 38 44 35
2000 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 22 26 19
2000 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 28 21
1999 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 33 40 29
1999 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 38 44 35
1999 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 22 26 20
1999 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 28 21
1999 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 24 28 22
1999 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 22 25 20
1998 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 33 39 29
1998 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 38 43 34
1998 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 21 24 19
1998 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 23 27 20