NEW 2012 Volkswagen Beetle REVIEW
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The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is a fully overhauled version of its predecessors. Although it has retained most of its original characteristics particularly its iconic design, the materials used and the vehicle's features were all revised to provide it with a more refined look. In addition to this, the headlamps and taillights were changed using the latest technologies in vehicle lighting to incorporate a touch of modernity into the Beetle's conservative design.
Aside from these, the Beetle is also equipped with a new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine to deal with the existing issues surrounding the model's continuous use of the inefficient 5-cylinder engine. Due to this development, potential buyers are currently given the option to choose the engine that best suits their driving needs. In addition to this, the abundance of optional packages, such as the Sunroof package and other existing offers, have strengthened the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle's latest lineup to allow this to cope up with the competition posed by its closest rivals, particularly by the Mini Cooper.
Generally speaking, the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle has retained its iconic exterior design. This simply means that Volkswagen engineers molded the Beetle's body in its original form and this could be considered as a good move since there are still a lot of buyers out there who would want to purchase the Beetle the way it looked a few decades ago. The only difference is that Volkswagen has implemented a number of changes on the Beetle's exterior particularly the increase in its size and the use of more upscale materials used on the vehicle's body.
Aside from retaining some of its legendary features, the latest version of the Beetle currently takes pride of the new agile, dynamic and sportier looks. Its curves and lines on the body were upgraded to make it look classic yet competitive. The external revisions were further enhanced by the use of Bi-Xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights that make the Beetle at par with its modernized competitors. The optional 19-inch wheels with the iconic curved discs and graceful vents have also made the Beetle look more pleasing to the eyes.
To back the changes made on the vehicle's external appearance, Volkswagen has also subjected the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle's interior design to a major upgrade. Its cabin certainly looks good and the current design was obviously inspired by classic Beetle flower-power model. The color of the vehicle's exterior and its dash is similar and this provides a touch of uniformity that buyers would surely enjoy. In addition to this, the controls used on the Beetle are easy to use and the ambient lighting installed in it provides an elegant glow when activated. The electronic devices that were added on the Beetle were also successful in making this car more fun and exciting to drive.
The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle also provides plenty of legroom and headroom despite of its lower roof-line. This vehicle is also spacious and this present condition allowed the Beetle to say goodbye to its previous cramped image. Its 15.4 cubic trunk space that is bigger that what the larger VW Golf offers is also impressive especially when the 50/50 split-folding rear seat is raised.
The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is currently available with two engine options. The first engine option is the 2.5L, 5-cylinder engine that is capable of producing 170 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is mated to a standard 5-speed manual transmission. The optional 6-speed automatic transmission is offered in all models except for the base.
The second engine used in the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle particularly the Beetle Turbo trim is the 2.0L, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces up to 200 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is mated to a standard 6-speed manual transmission or to an optional 6-speed automated manual transmission.
The driving performance of the Beetle also depends on the engine that it is using. The 5-cylinder engine is powerful, but the generated sounds when the engine is running is obviously unrefined. In addition to this, the fuel economy of the 5-cylinder engine is also disappointing. The Beetle Turbo on the other hand provides better mileage, produces more power and offers an exciting compared to the other engine. The Turbo trim also provides better handling and this is made possible by the improved independent rear suspension.
The fuel economy ratings of the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is dependent on the engine that it is using. The Beetle that uses the 2.5L, 5-cylinder engine obtained the EPA-estimated mileage ratings of 22 miles per gallon in the city, 30 miles per gallon on the highway, and 25 miles per gallon combined. The Beetle model that uses the 2.0L, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine obtained the ratings of 22 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway.
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Volkswagen Beetle Styles Available
Beetle 2.0T Manual
Beetle 2.0 TDI Manual
Beetle 2.0 TDI Automatic
Beetle 2.5 Manual
Beetle 2.5 Automatic
Beetle 2.0T Automatic
Beetle 2.0T Manual w/Sunroof & Sound
Beetle 2.0T Automatic w/Sunroof & Sound
Beetle 2.0T Manual w/Sunroof, Sound & Navigation
Beetle 2.0T Automatic w/Sunroof, Sound & Navigation
Beetle 2.0T Black Launch Edition
Beetle 2.0T White Launch Edition
Beetle 2.5 Manual w/Sunroof
Beetle 2.5 Automatic w/Sunroof
Beetle 2.5 Manual w/Sunroof, Sound & Navigation
Beetle 2.5 Automatic w/Sunroof, Sound & Navigation
Beetle 2.5 Base Convertible
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