2012 Volkswagen Specifications

Detailed 2012 Volkswagen specs

Completely redesigned for 2012, the Volkswagen Beetle is a two door subcompact hatchback with seating for four. The Beetle is available with two different engine options; a standard 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine (170 hp/177 lb-ft of torque) and an optional turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine (200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque). Transmission options consist of a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, and 6-speed DSG® automatic. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 21 mpg city to 31 mpg highway, depending on engine and transmission selection. Features include bi-xenon, 19-inch alloy heritage wheels, push-button start, sport steering wheel, ambient lighting, sport suspension, touchscreen navigation, premium audio, and hands-free phone capabilities. Safety is comprised of four airbags with integrated side curtain protection, anti-lock braking, intelligent crash response, and electronic stability control. The Beetle is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.

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The popular Volkswagen Beetle is completely redesigned for 2012. Most noticeable is the exterior restyle, which incorporates a lower, flatter roofline and more steeply raked windshield. The look is more reminiscent of the very first Beetle of 1938. The car is four inches wider and six inches longer than its predecessor. Also different is the name: the "New" has been dropped from this Beetle's moniker. Inside is a wealth of metal-look plastic and chrome, and the dashboard is much narrower than before, which means an increase in interior cabin space. The charming bud vase is no longer present. The Beetle is offered with either a 2.5L 5-cylinder engine, which is rated at 170 hp, or 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that makes 200 hp. The 2.5L model offers 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, while the Turbo delivers 21 and 30 mpg, respectively. Pricing starts at $19,795.

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More aggressive styling; more practical and spacious interior; sporty turbo performance; plenty of in-cabin entertainment options

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With a new, more aggressive design, more spacious interior, plus a pair of tried and true powerplants, the 2012 Volkswagen offers a fresh new alternative for buyers shopping around for a cool compact. Against the likes of the MINI Cooper and Fiat 500, the Beetle holds its own, with a base price just under the MINI, and more practical usability than that of the diminutive FIAT's.


Detailed 2012 Volkswagen specs

Beetle-4 Cyl. Turbo

Beetle-5 Cyl.

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