The Volkswagen Beetle has existed in its current form for more than a decade, now, so it's time for an update. For 2012, it gets a makeover that combines modern engine choices with a bit more retro-styling than the New Beetle has been sporting.
When it comes onto the market this fall, buyers will notice that the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle has an exterior that combines the best of the classic and modern versions of this vehicle. The front end is evolved from the current (2010) version of the car, while the back end gives us the flatter roofline and C-pillars that arc down to the rear bumper. Combined, these changes make a big difference to this little car's appearance.
Helping out with the change in look is a boost in size. This year's Beetle is six inches longer and more than three inches wider than its immediate predecessor. Optional exterior features include a rear spoiler, a moonroof, and 19-inch wheels, as well as a broad variety of paint colors, wraps, and even an annual "theme" model.
The interior of the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle has been revamped, as well. As we all expect from VW, the inside is dressed in premium materials, will all the little details we appreciate. While it's not much changed from the most recent incarnation, it has a few retro features, like dual glove compartments, and the option to have an oil temperature gauge, a boost gauge, and a clock installed above the middle of the dash.
The front seats are still individual buckets, while the back will hold two people fairly comfortably. The back seat splits and folds to reveal (and expand) the cargo area, and optional interior features (in addition to the optional gauges) include a touch-screen for the navigational system, and similar controls for the CD system, a Fender stereo system with adjustable lighting, a push-button starter, and keyless access.
Power for the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is provided in the base model by a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter five cylinder engine mated to either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. There are two optional engine upgrades, so fans of power can choose between the 140-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine, or a more performance-oriented 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter gasoline-fueled four-cylinder powertrain that includes limited-slip differential and turbocharging. Both of the upgraded engines come with a choice of a six-speed manual, or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The safety features on the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle are fairly standard, and include side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system.
Depending on the engine configuration, the starting MSRP of this VW Beetle is between $18,995 and $24,950. Fuel efficiency ranges from 20-22 mpg in the city and 28-30 mpg on the highway.