The 2000 Volkswagen Beetle, also known as the Volkswagen Type 1 or the Volkswagen Bug, is an economy car manufactured from 1983. The iconic vehicle is the most-produced and longest-running car of a single platform manufactured anywhere in the world. The Beetle’s history can be traced back to the 1930s when it was initially designed. However, the production numbers of the car reached a significant number only from 1945. Initially marketed simply as the ""Volkswagen,"" the car became popularly known as the Käfer in Germany, which means ""beetle"" in English. When it was launched outside the country, Volkswagen decided to market it with this name.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 2.0-liter I-4, 1.8-liter I-4
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Volkswagen Beetle GL, Volkswagen Beetle GLS, Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.8T, Volkswagen Beetle GLX 1.8T, Volkswagen Beetle GLS TDi
The 2000 Volkswagen Beetle gets a new indicator for brake wear in its instrument cluster. It also has a new theft deterrent system that cuts off the engine unless the code on the ignition key of the car is matched. Additional features for this model year include an optional cold weather package for the GLS model, a sliding sun visor extender, and Anti-Slip Regulation as standard for the GLX and 1.8T GLS models.
The 2000 Volkswagen Beetle blends the classic style of the 1960s Beetle and modern elements to give it a new-age interpretation of the original Beetle. Its unique design makes it a one-of-a-kind car among coupes, hatchbacks, and sedans that follow the same basic styling rules. The original Beetle used an air-cooled engine mounted in the rear and a rear-drive system, but the 2000 has a front-drive system and a front-mounted engine.
While the bubble-shaped top of the 2000 Volkswagen Beetle makes for a strong throwback to the original design, it does reduce headroom at the rear. Legroom at the rear is also severely limited, making the Beetle a less than decent choice as a family car. Up front, the seats are comfortable and supportive. The amount of legroom and headroom available in the front seats of the Beetle is matched only by a few other cars. The interior of the car uses a lot of high-quality materials and has a number of luxury touches. The backlight for the instrument gauges is especially attractive. The only problem in this regard is the power accessory switches, which are mounted flat on the door panels and are a little awkward to use.
Performance & Handling
The base engine for the 2000 Volkswagen Beetle is a two-liter straight-four engine that delivers 115 horsepower. The GLS and GLX models are available with a 1.8-liter turbocharged straight-four engine that delivers 150 horsepower. Incidentally, this engine is also used inside the Audi A4. Both engines are available with manual or automatic transmissions. The base two-liter engine offers a lively performance but only with the manual gearbox in place. Its performance dips significantly with the automatic transmission, and the downshifts are also accompanied by jerking. The turbocharged engine offers a better performance, but it lacks energy when it is below 3000 rpm. After this point, the engine offers stronger acceleration. The strong and rigid chassis and the soft suspension take on most bumps. Special mention must be made of the 16-inch tires for the Beetle, which are particularly large tires for a car in its class. The steering and handling of the 2000 Volkswagen Beetle is also above average, but the car tends to get unstable easily due to crosswinds.
The 2000 Volkswagen Beetle comes with anti-lock brakes and side-impact airbags as standard for the front. The car received four out of five stars in terms of driver and passenger safety during frontal impact collision tests conducted by the NHTSA. The Beetle received a full five-star rating for driver safety but three stars for rear passenger safety during side-impact collision tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volkswagen Beetle: 24/31 mpg city/highway
- Cute and quirky
- Retro styling
- Iconic status
- Good interior quality and build quality
- Lots of space in front
You Won't Like
- Lack of rear space
- Poor visibility
A world icon in a tiny package.
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