2002 Volkswagen Beetle

  • 2002 Volkswagen Beetle GL Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      115/122
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,775
  • 2002 Volkswagen Beetle GLS Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      31
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/162
    • ENGINE
      1.8L I4
    • MSRP
      $19,200
  • 2002 Volkswagen Beetle GLS Sport Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      31
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/162
    • ENGINE
      1.8L I4
    • MSRP
      $20,250
  • 2002 Volkswagen Beetle GLS TDI Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      44
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      90/155
    • ENGINE
      1.9L I4
    • MSRP
      $18,775
  • 2002 Volkswagen Beetle GLX Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      31
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/162
    • ENGINE
      1.8L I4
    • MSRP
      $21,500
  • 2002 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo S Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      180/173
    • ENGINE
      1.8L I4
    • MSRP
      $23,400
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2002 Volkswagen Beetle Review

Safety and performance combines with excellent fuel economy.

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Overview

The 2002 Volkswagen Beetle is undeniably famous for its unique dome shape, and its designers have retained its original identity while giving it a modern look. It's a fascinating vehicle that has caught at the heartstrings of both the young and the not-so-young, giving it a front row seat on the list of favorite hatchbacks.

The 2002 Volkswagen Beetle's appealing, dome-shape exterior design will hamper a family’s comfort because it compromises the rear headroom, and the taller members will need to hunch over. Among the impressive upgrades is a move of the engine from the rear to the front in line with the current technology on most vehicles. As an added bonus, it is a front-wheel-drive vehicle with impressive crash tests.

The Range

Body Styles: hatchback
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 1.9-liter four-cylinder, 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, six-speed manual
Models: Volkswagen Beetle GL, Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0, Volkswagen Beetle GLS TDI, Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.8T, Volkswagen Beetle Sport, Volkswagen Beetle GLX, Volkswagen Beetle Turbo S

What's New

The 2002 Volkswagen Beetle's consumer safety comes high on the list of priorities. An engine immobilizer thwarts the attempts of a thief trying to use any other ignition key other than the original manufacturer’s key. Other safety additions are enhanced pre-impact technology and improved safe stopping. It also adds heated driver and front-passenger seats.

Exterior

The 2002 Volkswagen Beetle uses color to counter any previous impression as one for the older generation by offering bold options for paint colors including double yellow, yellow, green metallic, and red. On the exterior, it comes with a rear window defogger and intermittent wipers on the windshield.

The 2002 Volkswagen Beetle comes fitted with 16-inch steel wheels complete with 205/55R H all-season tires. Though the size is attractive, it's a small hatchback at 67.9 inches width, 59 inches height, and 161.1 inches length. It sits on 98.7-inch wheelbase, stands at a shy 3.9 inches ground clearance, and boasts of 3677 pounds gross weight. It has a maximum cargo capacity of 27.1 cubic feet.

Interior

The 2002 Volkswagen Beetle includes remote power door locks and heated power mirrors, while the tilt and telescopic steering wheel operates on power steering. It's fitted with various storage spots including a front console, cup holders in the front and rear, door pockets, and storage on the front seatback. The rear seat setting allows for easy entry by collapsing forward, while for comfort the interior is fitted with air-conditioning and reading lights in both the front and rear.

The 2002 Volkswagen Beetle provides the driver and the front passenger an illuminating vanity mirror, and for convenience it's fitted with a trunk light. Adorning the dashboard is a clock, an AM/FM radio supported by mast antennae, and a stereo CD-player combined with six speakers. The front has cloth height-adjustable bucket seats for both the driver and the passenger. The interior dimensions are 41.3 inches headroom, 39.4 inches legroom, and 52.8 inches shoulder room in the front. The rear has a folding seatback and the dimensions are 36.7 inches headroom, 33.5 inches legroom, and 49.3 inches shoulder room.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Volkswagen Beetle's base engine is a two-liter four-cylinder that produces 115-hp at 5200 rpm and 122 lb-ft of torque at 2600 rpm, an engine built with eight valves, and a single overhead cam (SOHC). It's a front-drive vehicle using a five-speed manual transmission. The suspension fittings are MacPherson strut suspension, torsion beam suspension in the rear, and front independent suspension.

Safety

The 2002 Volkswagen Beetle includes additional safety fittings to protect the consumers such as height-adjustable headrests in the front and rear seats, which can protect the passengers from whiplash in the event of a crash. It has front side-mounted airbags, and in the rear seat there is a child seat anchor. The remote anti-theft alarm system is an additional safety feature, as is the engine immobilizer. For safer driving, it comes with daytime running lights, and it has an emergency interior trunk release lever to enable someone trapped in the trunk to escape.

EPA Fuel Economy

Volkswagen Beetle GL: 24/31 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0: 24/31 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Beetle GLS TDI: 42/49 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.8T: 24/31 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Beetle Sport: 24/31 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Beetle GLX: 24/31 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Beetle Turbo S: 23/30 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Unique body style
  • Excellent safety scores
  • Fuel economy
  • Six-speed transmission option
  • Bold colors on some trims

You Won't Like

  • Rear seat cramped

Sum Up

Safety and performance combines with excellent fuel economy.

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