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null 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle
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Specs, Warranty & Reliability

The table below shows all 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle specs by style, including MPG (fuel economy), transmission details, and interior and exterior dimensions. Additionally, find 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle warranty and reliability information, such as limits on bumper-to-bumper coverage and major components.

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1998 Volkswagen New Beetle Base 2.0L 2dr Hatchback1998 Volkswagen New Beetle TDI 1.9L 2dr Hatchback
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  • Overview
    MSRP *$15,200$16,475
    Invoice *$14,336$15,527
    Engine2.0L I-4 115 HP1.9L I-4 90 HP
    Transmission5-spd man w/OD5-spd man w/OD
    Fuel Economy City23.0 mpg41.0 mpg
    Fuel Economy Hwy29.0 mpg48.0 mpg
    Bumper to Bumper Months/Miles24/24,00024/24,000
  • Powertrain
    Engine2.0L I-4 115 HP1.9L I-4 90 HP
    Transmission5-spd man w/OD5-spd man w/OD
    Alternator90 amp90 amp
    Battery60 amp60 amp
    Axle RatioN/AN/A
    Recommended Fuel Typeregular unleadeddiesel
    Fuel Tank14.5 gal.14.5 gal.
    Auxiliary Fuel TankN/AN/A
    Exhaustnon stainless steel with chrome tailpipe finishnon stainless steel with chrome tailpipe finish
    Drive Typefront-wheelfront-wheel
    4WD ShiftN/AN/A
    Locking Hub ControlN/AN/A
    Limited Slip DifferentialN/AN/A
    Traction ControlN/AN/A
  • Steering and Suspension
    Electronic StabilityN/AN/A
    RideN/AN/A
    Ride ControlN/AN/A
    Adaptive SuspensionN/AN/A
    Auto-Levelling SuspensionN/AN/A
    Front Suspensionstrutstrut
    Front Anti-Roll Barfront anti-roll barfront anti-roll bar
    Front Springscoilcoil
    Front Torsion BarN/AN/A
    Front ShocksN/AN/A
    Rear Suspensiontorsion beam beamtorsion beam beam
    Rear Anti-Roll Barrear anti-roll barrear anti-roll bar
    Rear Springscoilcoil
    Rear ShocksN/AN/A
    Steeringrack & pinionrack & pinion
    Steering CoolerN/AN/A
    Brakes4-wheel disc4-wheel disc
    Vented Disc Brakesfrontfront
    Wheels16.0 " steel16.0 " steel
    Front TiresP205/55HR16.0BSW ASP205/55HR16.0BSW AS
    Rear Tires (if different from Front)N/AN/A
    Spare Tire and Wheelfull-size steelfull-size steel
  • Seating and Interior
    Seating Capacity44
    Front Seat Typebucketbucket
    Heated Front SeatsN/AN/A
    Front Headrestsadjustableadjustable
    Front Armrestscenter w/storagecenter w/storage
    Front Driver Seat Direction Controls6-way6-way
    Easy Entryrear seat easy entryrear seat easy entry
    Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls6-way6-way
    Rear Seatsfull benchfull bench
    Rear Headrestsadjustableadjustable
    Rear Child SeatsN/AN/A
    Rear ArmrestsN/AN/A
    Third Row SeatsN/AN/A
    Third Row Child SeatsN/AN/A
    Third Row ArmrestsN/AN/A
    Seat Trimpremium clothpremium cloth
    Door Trimleatheretteleatherette
    Headlinerfull clothfull cloth
    Floor Trimcarpetcarpet
    Floor Matscarpeted front & rearcarpeted front & rear
    Dashboard InsertN/AN/A
    Gear Shift Knob TrimN/AN/A
  • Comfort and Conveniences
    SunroofN/AN/A
    Convertible RoofN/AN/A
    Roof FeaturesN/AN/A
    Vanity Mirrorsdual illuminateddual illuminated
    Auxiliary VisorsN/AN/A
    Rearview Mirrorday-nightday-night
    Rear Visor Vanity MirrorN/AN/A
    Glove Boxlockinglocking
    Cabback InsulatorN/AN/A
    Dome Lightfadefade
    Reading Lightsfrontfront
    Floor Consolefullfull
    Overhead ConsoleN/AN/A
    Cup Holderfront and rearfront and rear
    Instrument Panel StorageN/AN/A
    Dashboard StorageN/AN/A
    Interior Concealed StorageN/AN/A
    Seatback Storage22
    Refrigerated BoxN/AN/A
    Manufacturer Luggage SetN/AN/A
    Door Binsdualdual
    Rear Door BinsN/AN/A
    Underseat TrayN/AN/A
    Cargo Concealed StorageN/AN/A
    Cargo Floor Trimcarpetedcarpeted
    Trunk Lid Trimplasticplastic
    Cargo Coverrigidrigid
    Cargo NetN/AN/A
    Cargo Tie DownsN/AN/A
    Cargo Lightcargo lightcargo light
    Air CompressorN/AN/A
    Front Air Conditioningmanualmanual
    Climate ControlN/AN/A
    Rear Air ConditioningN/AN/A
    Air Filterair filterair filter
    Rear Heat Ductsunderseat ductsunderseat ducts
    Automatic Air RecirculationN/AN/A
    Rear HeaterN/AN/A
    Radiopremium AM/FM stereo, seek-scanpremium AM/FM stereo, seek-scan
    Radio Steering Wheel ControlsN/AN/A
    CDcompatiblecompatible
    MP3 PlayerN/AN/A
    MiniDisc PlayerN/AN/A
    Speakers66
    AmplifierN/AN/A
    Radio Theft Deterrentradio theft deterrentradio theft deterrent
    Antennaintegrated roofintegrated roof
    Cruise ControlN/Acruise control
    Door Lockspower with 2 stage unlockpower with 2 stage unlock
    Heated Door LocksN/AN/A
    Remote Keyless Entrykeyfob (all doors)keyfob (all doors)
    Trunk/Hatch/Door Releasepowerpower
    Remote Fuel Flap Releasepowerpower
    Rear Window ReleaseN/AN/A
    Rear Child Safety Door LocksN/AN/A
    Fuel Filler Door Releasefuel filler door releasefuel filler door release
    Cell PhoneN/AN/A
    Power Outlets22
    AC power outletN/AN/A
    Trunk PulldownN/AN/A
    Driver Foot Restdriver foot restdriver foot rest
    Retained Accessory PowerN/AN/A
    Garage Door OpenerN/AN/A
    Smokers PackageN/AN/A
    Lighter ElementsN/AN/A
    First Aid KitN/AN/A
    Emergency SOSN/AN/A
    Adjustable PedalsN/AN/A
    Entertainment CenterN/AN/A
    Voice RecorderN/AN/A
    Picnic TableN/AN/A
    Internet AccessN/AN/A
    Instrument Displayanaloganalog
    Tachometertachometertachometer
    Oil Pressure GaugeN/AN/A
    Water Temp GaugeN/AN/A
    Volt GaugeN/AN/A
    InclinometerN/AN/A
    AltimeterN/AN/A
    Heads Up DisplayN/AN/A
    Clockin-dashin-dash
    CompassN/AN/A
    Exterior TemperatureN/AN/A
    Systems MonitorN/AN/A
    Check ControlN/AN/A
    Trip ComputerN/AN/A
    Trip Odometertrip odometertrip odometer
    Park Distance ControlN/AN/A
    Navigation SystemN/AN/A
    Steering Wheeltelescopic tilttelescopic tilt
    Steering Wheel MaterialN/AN/A
    Tow BarN/AN/A
    Front Windowsmanualmanual
    Rear Windowsfixedfixed
    Quarter Vent Rear WindowsN/AN/A
    1-Touch OpenN/AN/A
    Tinted Windowslightlight
    Double Pane Side GlassN/AN/A
    Sun BlindsN/AN/A
    Front Windshield Wipersvariable intermittentvariable intermittent
    Heated Front WipersN/AN/A
    Rain Detecting WipersN/AN/A
    Speed Sensitve WipersN/AN/A
    Rear Windshield WiperN/AN/A
    Rear Heated WipersN/AN/A
    Electrically Heated WindshieldN/AN/A
    Sun Visor StripN/AN/A
    Rear Defrosterrear defrosterrear defroster
    Rear BlindsN/AN/A
    Rear Windshield TypeN/AN/A
  • Safety
    Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)N/AN/A
    Daytime Running Lightsdaytime running lightsdaytime running lights
    Center High Mounted Stop Lightcenter high mounted stop lightcenter high mounted stop light
    Front Impact Airbagsdriver and passengerdriver and passenger
    Driver Side Impact Airbagsseat mountedseat mounted
    Passenger Side Impact Airbagseat mountedseat mounted
    Overhead AirbagN/AN/A
    Occupancy SensorN/AN/A
    Childseat SensorN/AN/A
    Head ProtectionN/AN/A
    Knee AirbagN/AN/A
    Rear Side AirbagN/AN/A
    Side Impact BarsN/AN/A
    Seatbelt Pretensionersfrontfront
    Ignition Disableimmobilizerimmobilizer
    Panic Alarmpanic alarmpanic alarm
    Tracker SystemN/AN/A
    Security Systemsecurity systemsecurity system
  • Dimensions and Capacities
    Door Count2 doors2 doors
    Maximum Cargo Volume12.0 cu.ft.12.0 cu.ft.
    Exterior Cargo LengthN/AN/A
    Exterior Length161.1 "161.1 "
    Exterior Width67.9 "67.9 "
    Exterior Height59.5 "59.5 "
    Wheelbase99 "99 "
    Front Tread60 "60 "
    Rear Tread59 "59 "
    Turning Radius16.4 '16.4 '
    Gross Vehicle Weight RatingN/AN/A
    Curb Weight2,712 lbs.2,778 lbs.
    Front Gross Axle Weight RatingN/AN/A
    Rear Gross Axle Weight RatingN/AN/A
    Payload992 lbs.936 lbs.
    Max Trailer WeightN/AN/A
    Max Trailer Tongue WeightN/AN/A
    Drag Coefficient.38.38
    Front Legroom39.4 "39.4 "
    Rear Legroom33.0 "33.0 "
    Front Headroom41.3 "41.3 "
    Rear Headroom36.7 "36.7 "
    Third Row HeadroomN/AN/A
    Front HiproomN/AN/A
    Rear HiproomN/AN/A
    Third Row HiproomN/AN/A
    Front Shoulder Room52.8 "52.8 "
    Rear Shoulder Room49.4 "49.4 "
    Third Row Shoulder RoomN/AN/A
    Passenger Volume84 cu.ft.84 cu.ft.
    Exterior Cargo WidthN/AN/A
    Exterior Cargo VolumeN/AN/A
    Interior Cargo Volume12.0 cu.ft.12.0 cu.ft.
    Interior Cargo Volume w/Seats FoldedN/AN/A
  • Exterior Features
    Mud FlapsN/AN/A
    Rear SpoilerN/AN/A
    Running BoardsN/AN/A
    Skid PlatesN/AN/A
    Trunk RackN/AN/A
    PickupN/AN/A
    Bumpersbody-coloredbody-colored
    Rear Bumper2 rear tow hook(s)2 rear tow hook(s)
    Rear Step BumperN/AN/A
    Bodyside MoldingsN/AN/A
    Bodyside InsertN/AN/A
    Bodyside CladdingN/AN/A
    Rocker Panel Extensionsrocker panel extensionsrocker panel extensions
    Wheel WellN/AN/A
    Fender FlaresN/AN/A
    Grille MoldingsN/AN/A
    Paintmonotonemonotone
    Exterior Mirrorsdual power remote heateddual power remote heated
    TraileringN/AN/A
    Trailering HarnessN/AN/A
    Trailering HitchN/AN/A
  • Warranty
    Bumper to Bumper Months/Miles24/24,00024/24,000
    Major Components Months/Miles120/100,000120/100,000
    Corrosion Perforation Months/Miles144/unlimited144/unlimited
    Roadside Assistance Months/Miles24/24,00024/24,000
    Maintenance Months/Miles24/24,00024/24,000
    Accessories Months/Miles96/80,00096/80,000
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Safety Rating

Below is the 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle safety rating information and crash results as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The ratings are based on a star system and can vary by style.
StyleFrontal Rating
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