Used 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback
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The 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle remains a popular choice among those seeking a less conventional mode of transportation. Touting a shape based on the original Beetle (popularly known as the "Bug"), the New Beetle's easily recognizable shape results in the most lop-sided interior dimensions of any car in its class. While the sloping hatch creates a nearly unusable rear seat, the arching dome roof provides an unbeatable 38 inches of front headroom, making the New Beetle the friend of the tall and very tall. Unfortunately, the roof design also creates some massive blind spots around the windshield pillars. Strict emission standards force the removal of the fuel-miserly TDI diesel engine, leaving the 150-horsepower 2.5-liter gasoline engine as the sole choice.
You'll Like This Car If...
The most significant aspect of the 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle is its familiar and friendly shape but, as a bonus, it is actually quite comfortable as a daily driver as well. Even taller drivers will appreciate the quantity of front-seat headroom.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you need on occasion to carry four adult passengers, the New Beetle's rear seats offer very little headroom and the cargo area is tiny. The instrument panel configuration takes some getting used to as it spans the considerable distance between the windshield and the driver and front-seat passenger.
What's New for 2008
The new trim level names are S and SE. Volkswagen has deleted fog lights, leather seating and rain-sensing wipers from all models, but has added a tire pressure monitoring system as standard equipment.
Because it's based on the Golf platform, the 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle exhibits most of the same ride and handling attributes of its sister car. The 2.5-liter engine delivers strong acceleration and good fuel economy, a noticeable improvement over the previous 2.0-liter engine, but is not as much fun to drive as the old turbocharged models. On the road the Beetle offers an extremely smooth ride and handles well under normal driving conditions. Push it a little harder and its relatively soft suspension and 16-inch all-season tires begin to show their limitations. If you desire better handling, your VW dealer can upgrade the car to optional 17-inch alloy wheels and stiffer springs designed by VW, which will make it more responsive.
Blue Instrument Lighting
Cornflower blue lighting in the instrument cluster is easy on the eyes both night and day.
Because the driver's and passenger seat sit in the very center of the car, the arching roofline and height-adjustable seats create phenomenal headroom, suiting even the tallest occupants.
In order to create the New Beetle's shape, the windshield and dashboard have been partially extended over the engine compartment, creating a tremendously deep dash and a large blind spot where the front pillar meets the side mirror. The New Beetle's seats are some of the most comfortable we've experienced, with excellent back, side and thigh support for both driver and passenger. The trademark domed exterior shape provides ample front-seat headroom, but somewhat less for rear-seat passengers.
The 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle mimics what is probably the best-known automotive shape in the world, the original Beetle. Considering the price, the New Beetle is remarkably detailed and offers excellent crash-test results and projected accident-repair costs.
Notable Standard Equipment
The 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle includes a 150-horsepower, 2.5-liter engine, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), electronic stabilization program, air conditioning, rear defroster, illuminated remote keyless entry, key-operated open/close feature for power windows and optional sunroof, dual heated power mirrors with built-in turn signals, front side-impact airbags, AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD player, cruise control, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, power locks, 16-inch alloy wheels and remote hatch release.
Notable Optional Equipment
VW has bundled its most popular items into two packages. The Cold Weather Package adds heated seats and windshield spray nozzles. Package #1 includes the Cold Weather Package plus a premium sound system, leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, 17-inch wheels and a power glass sunroof. It is standard on the SE and optional on the S. Stand-alone items include a trunk-mounted six-disc CD changer, power sunroof (S), iPod connector and SIRIUS Satellite Radio.
Under the Hood
The 2.5-liter 20-valve five-cylinder is a vast improvement over Volkswagen's previous four-cylinder engine, the old eight-valve 2.0-liter. Not only does it bring an additional 35 horsepower to the table, it also provides the kind of low-end torque needed to move the New Beetle with some authority. Though not as quiet or vibration free as similar-size engines from Honda and Toyota, the 2.5 is nevertheless a good match to the New Beetle's size and weight.
2.5-liter in-line 5
150 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
170 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/28 (manual), 20/29 (automatic)
The 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts just under $18,000 and tops out around $22,000 fully loaded. The six-speed Tiptronic automatic adds about $1,000 to the price. A look at 2007 Fair Purchase Prices shows consumers typically paid several hundred dollars over dealer invoice, which should hold true for the 2008 models as well. Fair Purchase Prices show the typical transaction price paid in your area. The New Beetle is expected to retain an excellent five-year resale value, similar to the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper Convertible, Mazda MX-5, Saturn Astra and Scion tC.
Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Reviews
December 17, 2018
Great little car
Great / fun little car use it as daily driver and dolly tow behind RV
May 29, 2018
vehicle is a head turner.
2009 vw beetle blush edition 24500 miles ex condition.1 of 1500 made in 2009.
April 28, 2017
New heavy duty battery, new tags/ March, new tires
So much put into this car. Should be able to get your monies worth
August 31, 2016
great fun car
love driving this convertible. super power and handling.
June 17, 2016
Great Little Car
Volkswagen knows how to build sturdy little cars. This is my third Beetle. Two other ones were the old original Beetle. This one is the...
May 03, 2016
Best Small Ride for the Tall Ones, it's True Love!
I first drove a New Beetle in 2004 or thereabouts. It was Sunflower Yellow. While I knew I'd never own a yellow car (too conspicuous) I...
April 15, 2016
I never want to get rid of this car
I bought a 2003 back in 2010 and I still own it. I love this car beyond words. I have had to change out the window regulators no biggie,...
March 01, 2016
I've had this car now for about 4 years to drive to and from work. It's really great for that and gas mileages is good too. Drives great...
October 23, 2015
This is the best vehicle I have ever owned
PRO: I am 65, I have and had numerous automobiles, but my 2002 VW Beetle is the best vehicle I have ever owned. I bought it new for cash...
October 07, 2015
This was my dream car
It's a wonderful and peppy car. It's very spacious, and there are literally no blind spots. Very easy to drive (if you can drive manual)...