2012 Volkswagen Beetle Price, Photos, Reviews & Features

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EPA Fuel Economy (MPG)

  • City: 21 - 22
  • Highway: 30 - 31

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

30 of 54 (55%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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2012 Volkswagen Beetle Overview

After taking a year off to regroup, the Volkswagen Beetle is back for 2012 with a new take on the Volkswagen classic. The Beetle returns with an extensive exterior redesign and higher fuel economy than its predecessor.

In addition to a new grille and rims, the Beetle abandons the rotund, arching design of previous models and opts for a new look that is more masculine than cute. There’s less symmetry on this bug; the new nose is lower and longer and the fenders are more aggressive as well. Initially, the 2012 Beetle is only available as a two-door hatchback; rumors are swirling about a convertible version that will come later.

You’ll also find that the Beetle offers some extra engine options under the hood. The Beetle now lets you choose between a traditional 170-hp, 2.5-liter five-cylinder, a new 200-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and an efficient 140-hp, 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder. These new engine options let consumers fine-tune their Beetle for either better fuel economy or more power. The five-cylinder engine comes with either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, while the turbocharged and diesel engines let you choose between a six-speed manual and a six-speed dual-shift auto-manual.

The new TDI® Clean Diesel Beetle is expected to clock in at 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, a significant step-up. Beetles with a standard five-cylinder engine or the turbocharged four-cylinder will get you around 22 mpg city and 29-30 mpg highway (depending on transmission).

New interior features include an optional navigation system and a split folding rear seat. Front bucket seats, a leather steering wheel, cruise control, Bluetooth® hands-free technology, and remote keyless entry finish off the list of standard interior features for the 2012 Beetle. Higher trims of the Beetle come equipped with remote window controls, chrome and aluminum interior accents, a cargo cover, and a carbon fiber appearance dashboard.

Standard safety features include traction and stability control, a security system, engine immobilizer, and six airbags.

With a completely new look, additional engine options, and some new interior features to boot, the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is back and better than ever. The Beetle offers a stylish, modern look that starts at just under $20,000, giving the MINI Cooper a real run for its money.

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