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Volkswagen New Beetle (Bug) Evaluation and Test Drive

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Summary. This document presents a review of the Volkswagen Beetle. The vehicle tested was a 2008 VW Beetle rental car (from Enterprise) with 35,000 miles on it.

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Features. The most noteable features of the vehicle are:

  • Sport Mode (automatic transmission only) provides computer controlled shifting for maximum performance and very quick acceleration from 0 to 80
  • Manual Shift option with Automatic Transmission provides even greater control
  • Small exterior for easy parking and maneuvering, yet roomy interior provides comfortable seating for all passengers
  • Nice handling
  • Power mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Adjustable steering wheel
  • Front seats fold forward and lift up for easy access to back seat
  • Front seats can be raised and lowered
  • Back seats fold down for extra roomy rear storage
  • Polished interior door surface resists wear and looks like new even after 35,000 miles of rental fleet driving
  • Constructed of high-grade materials
  • Good view of surroundings for driver and all riders
  • Tight turning radius
  • front passenger seat folds forward providing huge storage space for hauling longer oversized and large cargo.

Video. Below are three videos highlighting some of the features of the VW Beetle.

By Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson is a freelance writer and tech consultant in Iowa City. He is also the founder and Director of the ResourcesForLife.com website. Learn more at AboutGregJohnson.com