Volkswagen Beetle 1998 Hatchback

This generation of Volkswagen Beetle has been produced from October, 1998 to September, 2005. We can provide information about 11 modifications of this generation. The car has been produced only with front wheel drive.

This Volkswagen (VW) is available with six petrol engines with displacement from 1.4 to 3.2 litres and power of from 75 to 224 horsepower un two diesel engines with displacement 1.9 litres and power of from 90 to 100 horsepower.
The car is available with both manual (8 versions), as well as automatic (3 versions) gearbox.

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Volkswagen Beetle 1998 hatchback average fuel consumption in combined cycle for petrol engine is from 7 to 11.9 litres per 100km, whereas for diesel engine - from 5.1 to 6.5 litres per 100km. The most fuel efficient Volkswagen Beetle 1998 hatchback petrol engine version is Volkswagen New Beetle 1.4, consuming 7 litres per 100km. While the most fuel efficient Volkswagen Beetle 1998 hatchback diesel - Volkswagen New Beetle 1.9 TDI for 100 kilometers consumes 5.1 liters of diesel.
According to user reviews, Volkswagen Beetle real-world fuel consumption is on average about approximately for 8 percents higher as the manufacturer's claimed fuel economy (on average +6% for petrol engines and +10% for diesel engines). For a more detailed actual fuel economy of each model, select a specific Volkswagen Beetle modification.

Volkswagen Beetle 1998 hatchback CO2 emissions for petrol engine are from 168 to 286 grams per kilometer, whereas for diesel engine - from 138 to 176 grams per kilometer. From Volkswagen Beetle with petrol engines the lowest CO2 emissions has Volkswagen New Beetle 1.4 which produces an average of 168 grams of CO2 per kilometer. In turn, from the Volkswagen Beetle diesels least CO2 distributes Volkswagen New Beetle 1.9 TDI - 138 grams per km.

The best acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h - 6.7 seconds has Volkswagen New Beetle RSI version, conversely the tardiest one is Volkswagen New Beetle 1.4 reaching this speed only in 14.6 seconds. The maximum top speed is 225 km/h for the 3.2 petrol 6-cylinder 224 hp version (Volkswagen New Beetle RSI).

Lenght of Volkswagen Beetle is 408 cm, it is medium size car. Volkswagen Beetle gross weight is from 1620 to 1815 kg (depending on modification), this car is about 10 percent heavier than the average for this age and class of vehicles.

This Volkswagen (VW) is quite costly - it can be purchased (in Latvia) for around 1900 €. According to user reviews, average Volkswagen Beetle repair costs are 1300 € per year. Users calculated Volkswagen Beetle 1998 cost of ownership for this generation, got average 1900 € cost per year and 0.18 € cost per one kilometer. Fuel costs were estimated at around 56%, while repair and maintenance costs - around 28% from total. We have an excellent car cost calculator, calculate ownership costs of Volkswagen Beetle for your situation and driving habits here! Our review authors managed to sell their Volkswagen Beetle in average time of 3 weeks. Below you will find more detailed information about Volkswagen Beetle prices and costs.

Volkswagen Beetle modifications

Modification Engine Power Consumption Gearbox
Volkswagen New Beetle 1.4 Mar 2003 — Sep 2005

Most fuel efficient petrol version

1.4 Petrol 75 HP 7.0 l/100km Manual (5)
Volkswagen New Beetle 1.6 Jun 2000 — Sep 2005 1.6 Petrol 102 HP 7.5 l/100km Manual (5)
Volkswagen New Beetle 1.6 Jun 2000 — Mai 2002 1.6 Petrol 102 HP 8.3 l/100km Automatic (4)
Volkswagen New Beetle 1.8 Turbo Jun 2000 — Sep 2005 1.8 Petrol 150 HP 8.3 l/100km Manual (5)
Volkswagen New Beetle 1.9 TDI Oct 1998 — Jan 2002

Most fuel efficient diesel version by real consumption

1.9 Diesel 90 HP 5.2 l/100km Manual (5)
Volkswagen New Beetle 1.9 TDI Jun 2000 — Dec 2004 1.9 Diesel 90 HP 6.5 l/100km Automatic (4)
Volkswagen New Beetle 1.9 TDI Jan 2002 — Sep 2005

Most powerfull diesel version (100 HP)
Most fuel efficient diesel version

1.9 Diesel 100 HP 5.1 l/100km Manual (5)
Volkswagen New Beetle 2.0 2.0 Petrol 115 HP 8.7 l/100km Manual (5)
Volkswagen New Beetle 2.0 Oct 1999 — Sep 2005 2.0 Petrol 115 HP 9.5 l/100km Automatic (4)
Volkswagen New Beetle 2.3 V5 Oct 2000 — Sep 2005 2.3 Petrol 170 HP 8.9 l/100km Manual (5)
Volkswagen New Beetle RSI Jul 2001 — Jan 2002

Most dynamic version - 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds

3.2 Petrol 224 HP 11.9 l/100km Manual (6)

Volkswagen Beetle safety

During safety testing Volkswagen Beetle has obtained 4 stars from five, which means good safety level.
Adults (driver and passenger) safety of Volkswagen Beetle is evaluated with four stars, and for pedestrian protection Volkswagen Beetle got two stars.

Volkswagen Beetle prices

Volkswagen Beetle 1998 - 2005 hatchback price in Latvia is from 800 € to 3600 €.
Comparing to analogical vehicles Volkswagen Beetle price is very high - Volkswagen Beetle is approximately for 52 percents more expensive then average hatchbacks of this age (compare hatchbacks 1998 - 2005 prices). Volkswagen Beetle high price can be explained by its quality above average (see below), therefore this Volkswagen (VW) could be reasonable purchase in long term perspective.

YearLowestAverageHighestAvailability
Volkswagen Beetle 2005 price 2200 € 2900 € 3600 €
Volkswagen Beetle 2004 price 1900 € 2800 € 3500 €
Volkswagen Beetle 2003 price 1100 € 1600 € 2300 €
Volkswagen Beetle 2002 price 1000 € 1600 € 2400 €
Volkswagen Beetle 2001 price 1200 € 1700 € 2400 €
Volkswagen Beetle 2000 price 800 € 1200 € 1700 €
Volkswagen Beetle 1998 price 800 € 1200 € 1800 €

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Volkswagen Beetle reliability and quality

According to yearly reports of vehicle inspection service Volkswagen Beetle reliability is entirely high. In the roadworthiness tests in 2016 defects were detected in an average of only 23.8 percent of Volkswagen Beetle of this generation (on average 15 years old at the time of inspection). The average failure rate for a vehicles of the same age was 31.4%.

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Volkswagen Beetle 1998 hatchback features (options)

Percentage of Volkswagen Beetle with corresponding feature (option)

Conditioning
75%
Adjustable steering wheel
49%
Metallic paint
46%
Heated seats
27%
Leather upholstery
17%
Sunroof
12%
Climate control
11%
Cruise control
11%

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Volkswagen Beetle reviews

Volkswagen Beetle 1999 Hatchback Petrol 2.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2016 (age of car 17 years) Owned for:10`000 kilometers (1 year)
Average fuel consumption: 9.0 litres per 100km (80% urban driving)
Total car rating:
9
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