2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Anniversary Edition Review

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2008 VW New Beetle Anniversary Edition Review & Road Test

Who said black and white was boring?

Model Tested:

  • 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Anniversary Edition 1.6 litre four cylinder petrol $27,990 (Manual) / $30,290 (Auto) - as tested
  • Sunroof $1,890

Competent & Reliable, Cheeky Character, Limited Build Volume
Fuel Economy, Lacks Power, Rear Seat & Boot Space, Aging Design

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- by Matt Brogan

Modern Minis, fresh Fiat 500s, pimped PT Cruisers, and even mighty Monaros have all made a return in recent years with varying degrees of accomplishment.

But before all of them it was the trend setting New Beetle, with its heart warming character and instantly recognisable shape that proved it was by far it was to be the most popular retro reproduction.

In addition to the standard feature list, the Anniversary Edition gains 17” Versus alloy wheels, a Superleggera-esque black side stripe, sports suspension, fog lamps and cruise control, as well as a raft of white stitched black leather and vinyl.

Built in VW’s Puebla Plant in Mexico, you can have an Anniversary Edition in any colour you want, so long as it’s Campanella White. Mated with a Black Magic painted roof and wing mirrors, the two primary tones contrast one another effectively to further highlight the sporty retro-futurist design, as Volkswagen put it.

What it does do incredibly well however is perform honestly for years on end. Being such a well proven engine, the humble 1600’s trusted reliability means that although it’s a little slower than some of its competitors, it’s also very unlikely to ever present any real issues, which in my books is a good attribute to have on your side.

Despite its weight, which is considerable primarily because of the amount of safety built in to the car, the Anniversary Edition handles rather well, thanks in part to the bonus of grippy sports tuned suspension.

Cornering is a controlled and reasonably well balanced affair even over mid-corner lumps and bumps, and despite such a high stance body, the Bug presents minimal body roll. The comfort offered is also quite impressive and not nearly as stiff as you’d expect from a sporty riding car which allows an enjoyable ride to see and be seen in.

You may also wish to bear in mind that it a dedicated four-seater which could see one of your friend’s in a cab, though I’m sure with the looks and personality exuded most buyers won’t mind.

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How does it Go:

  • Engine: 1595cc four cylinder OHC 8 valve
  • Power: 75kW @ 5,600rpm
  • Torque: 148Nm @ 3,800rpm
  • Transmission: Five Speed Manual / Six Speed Auto
  • Driven Wheels: Front
  • Brakes: Disc with ABS & EBD
  • Top Speed: 179 km/h (Manual) / 175 km/h (Auto)
  • 0-100km/h: 11.6 secs (Manual) / 13.2 secs (Auto)
  • 0-400m: Not Tested
  • Fuel Consumption: 9.5 (Manual) / 10.0 (Auto)
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 55 litres
  • Fuel Type: 95 RON Unleaded Petrol
  • NCAP Rating: Four Stars
  • Safety: Front & Side Airbags
  • Spare Wheel: Space Saver
  • Tow Capacity: 1,000kg (Braked)
  • Turning Circle: 10.9 metres
  • Warranty: 3 year / 100,000 kilometre
  • Weight: 1,237kg (Manual) / 1,267kg (Auto)
  • Wheels: 17 x 7.0” Alloy