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Key Specs of the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Beetle base trim shown

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    25-26 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    200-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual
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From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

Our Take

The good

  • Retro design influences
  • Interior quality
  • Diesel fuel economy

The bad

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

Notable Features
2012 Volkswagen Beetle

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

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Road Test

Kristin Varela

There is an undeniable appeal to a nostalgia ride, whether it be a Mini Cooper, a new Fiat 500 or the car that really started it all: the Volkswagen New Beetle.

Now, the 2012 VW Beetle has received a much-needed update. The result is a more sophisticated coupe that's also a better daily driver.

Though the Beetle — dropping "New" from its name — is high on style and comfort, the engine is particularly loud, disrupting an otherwise pleasant driving experience.

There is perhaps no car more iconic than the Beetle. Maybe the Jeep Wrangler is as identifiable, but no other car has been so loved that it spawned a childhood pastime like slugging a sibling in the arm at the sheer sight of one on the road.

The 2012 is a seamless transition from the New Beetle that debuted to wide acclaim in 1998. Hard edges now replace rounded shapes on the front bumper; a steeper windshield adds more blockiness; and a higher belt line means narrower windows and a sleeker profile. The rear is still as curvy as ever, though, with wild taillights finishing the look.

VW makes no apologies for the sharper design, saying it is deliberately more masculine.

Inside, the integrated flower vase is gone, but it won't be missed in the high-style layout. A typical two-tone interior color scheme, like tan seating with a black dashboard, is accented by piano black along the doors and dash. That trim can be replaced with white or red lacquer accents — to match the exterior color — on ... Read more

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Latest Reviews


Funnest car I?ve owned

by Roon from Tulsa ok on February 14, 2018

It?s a head turner for sure, mine came with the fender subwoofer in the trunk and puts out A LOT of sound Read full review


Our favorite cranky German

by Mimibug from Omaha, NE on January 27, 2018

We love our Volkswagen Beetle--we call him Otto (auto). He is the perfect cranky German gentleman. Sometimes he feels like opening the trunk. Some times he feels like not opening the passenger door... Read full review

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