2012 Volkswagen Beetle Lives Up To Hype

2012 Volkswagen Beetle – The 2012 Beetle is a new car for Volkswagen that many people are going to love. Since the designers had a clean slate for the interior, they reworked it and came up with a cockpit that is well thought out and aesthetically pleasing. It looks pretty hip and fresh.

The gauges are straight forward and placed exactly where they should be. They are also easy to read day or night  At night they glow blue and red. The steering wheel shares the same shape as many other German cars like the BMW M3. 

The Beetle we tested came equipped with power windows, door locks and mirrors as well as the panoramic moon roof which are all nice features. We even got to witness a full moon and great fall foliage through it which you can see in on the video review. 

Bluetooth controls are right on the steering wheel as is the control for the menu located on the Volkswagen dash. You can see your remaining fuel range plus time and distance traveled among other things. 

The cruise control is located behind the steering wheel on the left and like many of the other features on the Beetle it is placed a bit differently than on most Japanese and American cars.  German car makers seem to have their own quirky interior design styles and VW, BMW, and Audi are sometimes similar in this manner.

The back seats which seat two people get a phone charger and a cup holder too. Fold them down and you can carry more than you might think. 

The trunk is also much bigger than you’d expect even with the seats up. Leg room in the back might be a bit of an issue depending on the height of your passengers, but having the option to seat four is always good. 

The inline 2.5 liter 5 cylinder produces 170 horse power and 177 lb ft. of torque. That will get you to 60 with the automatic transmission in 8.8 seconds, or about 8 seconds with the manual.  The Beetle Turbo 2.0 liter 4 cylinder makes  200 horse power and  207 lb. ft. of torque and scoots you to 60 in just 6.3 seconds on the way to a 1/4 mile time of 14.9 seconds. 

Expect  22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway for this Volkswagen car.

In terms of pricing the New Beetle is definitely a deal.  It starts at $18,995. The Turbo starts at $23,395 and of course options like navigation and leather seating will quickly increase the price, but it seems like very fair money for a totally redesigned car with lots of character. Volkswagen has lived up to the hype.