• (4.0) 68 reviews
  • MSRP: $7,247$15,259
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 25-26
  • Engine: 200-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual
2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Our Take on the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

After a long run in its current form, Volkswagen has redesigned its Beetle for the 2012 model year. Sporting more retro cues than its predecessor, the Beetle can have either of two gas engines or a diesel engine, the latter of which gets an estimated 40 mpg on the highway. Competitors include re... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Base engine gas mileage
  • Folded backseat not flat with cargo floor

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2012
  • Gas or diesel power
  • Manual or automatic
  • Optional navigation system

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Reviews

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As a child, one of my favorite car games was Herby Derby Slug Bug. Not to toot my own horn, but I was awesome at spotting Beetles from afar. I got a thrill out of turning the tables and slugging my two brothers, who otherwise always ganged up on me. (Ugh, boys!) The completely redesigned, four-seat 2012 VW Beetle is just as eye-catching as the original we all grew up seeking for Slug Bug, but w... Read full review for the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

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2012 Turbo Beetle

by VW Enthusiast from Orange County, Ca on October 1, 2011

I bought a new turbo beetle and am very pleased with everything about this car. The stereo system is nothing short of great, the handling and acceleration is exactly like my 2011 Audi TT and the new d... Read Full Review

4 Trim Levels Available

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2012 Volkswagen Beetle Safety Ratings

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There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


Free Scheduled Maintenance


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.


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