Andrewh had a Jetta TDi and I was never impressed with the car. It just felt cheap inside and the color was falling off the overhead console.
My father has an older 2002 Snap Orange turbo Beetle. He put a VW cat back system on it and had an engine flash. That little turd will run pretty hard and actually started pulling away from a 4.6 Mustang when they got past 135 mph.
The old road tests all complained about the harsh ride of my 2006 C55 AMG but the Beetle makes it feel like a soft car in comparison.
Many of the black surfaces in the bug have deteriorated and become sticky over the years. It's kinda nasty. No doubt it's an age thing because the car barely has 70,000 miles on it.