Description: Compact Coupe and Sport Coupe
Base MSRP Range: $16,570 - $22,051
Invoice Price Range: $15,884 - $20,617
Where built: Mexico
Most recognized car in Volkswagen's fleet is the roly-poly New Beetle, a modern treatment of the original VW.
Various engines are available on the 2005 Beetle, including a feisty dual-cam 1.8-liter plant fitted with turbo-charger and inter-cooler. It fires up the Turbo S edition. Beetle's standard gasoline-powered 2.0-liter in-line-four engine achieves 115-hp. An optional direct-injection 1.9-liter turbo-diesel with VW's sophisticated unit-injector technology nets 100-hp plus high fuel economy figures, while the 1.8T turbo kicks to 180-hp. A new 6-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic shifter works with the 2.0-liter and 1.8T plants.
Models consist of Beetle 2.0L GL, 2.0L GLS, GLS TDI, GLS 1.8T, plus the Turbo S that uses the turbo plant with a 6-speed manual. Turbo S wears unique fascia front and rear with foglamps and a fixed spoiler on the tail. Shadow Blue is a fresh body shade for New Beetle in 2005, and satellite radio service through XM or Sirius subscription is optional.