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2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L Review


Classic Coupe Revisited

A three-quarter front view of a red 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

In short: A reinterpretation of Volkswagen's iconic coupe.

Returning after a two-year hiatus, the revamped Volkswagen Beetle offers the same retro-chic outlook as its predecessor in a sleeker, slimmed down package. Looking less bubbly and more business than the New Beetle, this cool city coupe is designed to be more masculine in demeanor in order to attract male buyers. As its sporty sheet metal suggests, the Beetle provides decent power from its 2.5-liter inline-5, topping out at 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Inside, the top-of-the-line 2.5L features plenty of 21st-century accoutrements, including a multi-function trip computer and nine-speaker Fender Premium Audio System.

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Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; 12-year/unlimited mile limited warranty against corrosion perforation; 3-year/36,000-mile 24-hour roadside assistance; 3-year/36,000-mile Carefree Maintenance.

Base Price: $24,095

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, frontl-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe

Engine: 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 170 hp @ 5,700 rpm
Torque: 177 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission

Curb weight:
2,939 lbs
Wheelbase: 99.9 in
Length/Width/Height: 168.4/71.2/58.5 in
Turning circle: 35.4 ft

front and rear disc brakes with ABS and brake assist

Suspension: independent MacPherson strut front; independent torsion beam rear
Traction: electronic stabilization control

Top Speed: 120 mph
0-60 mph: 8 seconds

EPA City:
22 mpg
EPA Highway: 31 mpg

driver and front passenger front airbags; front curtain airbags; front side airbags


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