The 2012 Beetle is an automotive icon reinvented with a look that is bolder and more dynamic. The Beetle is characterized by a clean, self-confident and dominant sportiness. It has a lower profile, is substantially wider, the front hood is longer, the front windshield is shifted further back and it has a steeper incline for a powerful appearance with muscular tension.
The 2012 Beetle is sportier with dual exhaust, performance-handling packages, 19-inch wheels, sport seats and new, sleeker styling. Volkswagen offers a panoramic roof, a range of audio options, including the Fender Premium Audio System, and a customization program for the 2012 Beetle with a large number of personalization options, including a wide variety of colors and wraps along with an annual theme model.
The 2012 Beetle offers three engines: the 2.5L gasoline five cylinder, the 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel and the 2.0L TSI turbocharged gasoline engine. Transmission choices will include a 5-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic on 2.5L models.
The 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel is the most fuel-efficient Beetle ever, producing 140 hp and 236 lb.-ft of torque. It meets all U.S. emission limits and offers manufacturer estimates of 40 mpg highway, 29 mpg city.
Fuel economy values are improved up to 10 percent over prior 2.5L five cylinder engine models. Mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, it offers manufacturer estimates of 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. The five cylinder engine produces 170 hp and 177 lb.-ft of torque.
The Beetle 2.0L TSI is the sportiest model offered. With 200 hp and 207 lb.-ft of torque, the four-cylinder turbo engine is estimated to provide 30 mpg highway fuel economy.
Base model estimated mpg: 22/31
Estimated starting price: $18,995
Compiled by Motor Matters