Introduced to America in 1998, the Volkswagen New Beetle was a cute, yet super cool automobile. 2006 marks the ninth season of production for Volkswagen and the excitement has dulled. Volkswagen continued in making improvements, such as fresher interior styling and upgrading the 2006 engine. The hatch and convertible models are equipped with the standard five-cylinder instead of the four.
The 2006 Volkswagen Beetle has the same unique design as previous years, but the sales aren't as hot. Hoping to revive the interest, the diesel TDI models come with the transmission called Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG). This allows a driver to have manual six-speed without a clutch pedal, which is controlled by hydraulic servos and computer chips. This improvement is better than a conventional automatic. When the 2006 Volkswagen Beetle is in manual operation, the precise gear changes of the DSG allow excellent shifting. Even in strong competition, the 2006 Volkswagen Beetle continues to hold its own with the interesting design, many standard features, and drivetrain options.
Body Styles: Convertible, Hatchback
Engines: 2.5-liter, 1.9 liter turbocharged diesel-fueled
Transmissions: six-speed automatic, five-speed manual, Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG)
Models: Beetle 2.5, Beetle 2.5 PZEV, Beetle TDI
2006 Volkswagen Beetle exterior styling changes are new tail lights, headlights, and rear and front bumpers. Interior changes are sun visor revisions, added chrome trim, redesigned instrument panel, and new consoles. Stability control is standard for safety. Under the hood is a five-cylinder, 2.5-liter engine.
The 2006 Volkswagen Beetle comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, while the 17-inch option is available. The 2006 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5 comes in convertible style with manual top. Additional exterior standard features include intermittent wipers, rear defogger, and a choice of 12 beautiful exterior colors on the 2006 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5 PZEV. A sunroof can be added on all hatchbacks and the power top on the convertible models. Daytime running lights and turn signal mirrors add appeal to the Bug’s exterior impression.
2006 Volkswagen Beetle standard interior features include power windows, air-conditioning, cruise control, steering wheel with tilt and telescoping features, power heated mirrors, seat-height adjusters, and power-operated door locks. Other standard features include power seats, interior air filtration, rear and front floor mats, trunk light, and front reading lights. The auxiliary audio jack supports MP3 playback and a standard stereo system with a single CD player is included.
Optionally, leather upholstery, satellite radio, and CD changer mounted in the trunk can be added. The interior space isn’t as big as the VW Golf, but the style of the 2006 Volkswagen Beetle compensates well. The passenger seating is ample for a small hatchback. The round air vents, large circular speedometer, and unique dashboard add a polished appearance. The 2006 Volkswagen Beetle carries four passengers and has a total of 12 cubic feet storage hatch space.
Performance & Handling
The 2006 Volkswagen Beetle models come with the 2.5-liter five-cylinder that is able to produce 150 horsepower with 170 lb-ft torque. The power is sent towards the front wheels using the manual five-speed or automatic six-speed transmission. For better economy, the TDI diesel hatchback model has a turbocharged, 1.9-liter four-cylinder that produces 100 hp with 177 lb-ft torque. The TDI can get around 40 mpg and is available in DSG or five-speed manual.
Overall, the 2006 Volkswagen Beetle drives great with soft suspension tuning that gives drivers just the right amount of sportiness.
2006 Volkswagen Beetle standard safety features include stability control, front-occupant side airbags, traction control, anti-lock disc brakes, front head restraints, and head curtain airbags that are full-length. There are also systems that are built in for both driver and passenger whiplash protection. Also included for safety is the multi-adjustable front headrests, child seat anchors, emergency braking assist, and brake force electronic distribution. The convertibles come with the safety feature of the rollover protection system.
During government crash protection testing, the 2006 Volkswagen Beetle received four stars for both of the frontal-impact tests. Also, from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the performance achieved the rating of ""good"" for frontal offset and ""poor"" for side-impact testing.
EPA Fuel Economy
Beetle 2.5: 19/28 mpg city/highway
Beetle 2.5 PZEV: 20/29 mpg city/highway
Beetle TDI: 31/40 mpg city/highway
- Engine options
- VWs own DSG transmission
- Many standard features
- Classic, cute styling
You Won't Like
- Back seat accommodations
- Old design
- Limited cargo space
Great standard features wrapped in classic, cute styling.
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