2008 Volkswagen Beetle Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$5,288 - $7,931
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
20 City / 29 HWY
Horsepower
150
Seats
4
Color:  Harvest Moon Beige
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$5,288 - $7,931
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
20 City / 29 HWY
Horsepower
150
Seats
4

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

You'll Like The 2008 Volkswagen Beetle If...

The most significant aspect of the 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle is its familiar and friendly shape but, as a bonus, it is actually quite comfortable as a daily driver as well. Even taller drivers will appreciate the quantity of front-seat headroom.

Volkswagen Beetle Models & Trims

S Coupe $5,288 - $7,125
Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Gas I5
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5, 17 (in.) - Alloy, Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SE Coupe $5,812 - $7,931
Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Gas I5
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7 (in.) - Alloy, Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Triple White Coupe $5,812 - $7,931
Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Gas I5
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Black Tie Edition Coupe $5,812 - $7,931
Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Gas I5
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
S $5,288 - $7,125
Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Gas I5
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5, 17 (in.) - Alloy, Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SE $5,812 - $7,931
Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Gas I5
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7 (in.) - Alloy, Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Triple White $5,812 - $7,931
Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Gas I5
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Black Tie Edition $5,812 - $7,931
Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Gas I5
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.58

31 Reviews

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

My beetle is yellow. It is comfortable and roomy despite it is small outer look.

I absolutely love my vehicle. The only negative with it is there are a few electrical problems. The driver-side window often gets stuck and will not go up without multiple tries. The headlights will often go out on the same side. The vehicle is comfy and roomy despite it is smaller size. It is cute and is appealing to people. It drives smoothly. I love the car!

- Rob E

My Awesome Quirky Volkswagen Beetle

Love my 2008 Beetle! It's fun to drive and gets great mileage. There have been a few quirky issues over the years such as the headlights needing replacement every 2 years (which can only be done by VW service) and electrical ghosts in the system from time to time. Overall, an awesome car!

- Laura E

The most interesting detail about the VW beetle would be how great it is on gas!

I have a Volkswagen beetle, it gets me from point a to point, the car is awesome on gas and runs great as long as it gets oil changes regularly. My only complain about the car is that my headlights and tail lights are always having some kind of problem because of the wiring in my car.

- Gabrielle C

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Compare Models & Key Features

Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Drivers side profile, convertible top up (convertibles only).
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$5,288 - $7,125
$5,812 - $7,931

Horsepower

Horsepower
150 (hp)
150 (hp)

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L SMPI I5 engine
2.5L SMPI I5 engine
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional
Standard

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
39.4 (in.)
39.4 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.2 - 40.7 (in.)
38.2 - 40.7 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
31.5 - 33.5 (in.)
31.5 - 33.5 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
36.7 - 37.2 (in.)
36.7 - 37.2 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
5 - 12 (cu. ft.)
5 - 12 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Standard
Standard

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Premium Synthetic
Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
4
4

Power Driver Seat

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional
Standard

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P225/45R17
P225/45HR17

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
98.8 (in.)
98.8 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.8 (ft.)
35.8 (ft.)

Length

Length
161.1 (in.)
161.1 (in.)

Width

Width
67.9 (in.)
67.9 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2884 - 3248 (.lbs)
2965 - 3248 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
150 (hp)
150 (hp)

Torque

Torque
170 (ft. lbs.)
170 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Standard
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
5 Cylinder
5 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
14.5 (gal.)
14.5 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
25 (mpg)
25 (mpg)

City

City
20 (mpg)
20 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
29 (mpg)
29 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Standard
Standard

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch
Standard
Standard

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall
  • Front
  • Side
  • Rollover
*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front
  • Side
  • Roof Strength N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front N/A
*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall
  • Mechanical
  • Powertrain Quality
  • Body & Interior Design
  • ‌Features
*JD Power Circle Ratings

Safety Recalls (1)

Fuel System, Gasoline > Delivery > Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings Dec 14, 2010
Report Receipt Date:
Dec 14, 2010
NHTSA Campaign:
10V621000
Summary:
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006-2010 JETTA, NEW BEETLE, NEW BEETLE CONVERTIBLE, MODEL YEAR 2009 JETTA SPORTWAGEN AND MODEL YEAR 2007-2009 RABBIT VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 2.5L ENGINES. THE JETTA, JETTA SPORTWAGEN, AND RABBIT VEHICLES MAY HAVE A SMALL PLASTIC TAB LOCATED ON THE WINDSHIELD WASHER FLUID RESERVOIR THAT MAY CHAFE AGAINST AN UNDERHOOD FUEL SUPPLY LINE. THE NEW BEETLE AND THE NEW BEETLE CONVERTIBLE VEHICLES MAY HAVE A FASTENING CLAMP ON A HYDRAULIC HOSE OF THE POWER STEERING SYSTEM THAT MAY BE LOCATED IN AN IMPROPER POSITION WHICH COULD CAUSE CHAFING AGAINST AN UNDERHOOD FUEL SUPPLY LINE.
Consequence:
IF CHAFING OCCURS, THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR A FUEL LEAK TO DEVELOP. FUEL LEAKAGE, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND IF NECESSARY REPLACE THE UNDERHOOD FUEL LINE. ADDITIONALLY, DEPENDING ON THE VEHICLE MODEL, DEALERS WILL EITHER REMOVE THE PLASTIC TAB FROM THE WINDSHIELD WASHER FLUID RESERVOIR, OR INSPECT THE POSITION OF THE FASTENING CLAMP AND ADJUST THE RELATED FASTENING CLAMP INTO THE CORRECT POSITION. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE JANUARY 31, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.

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