The popular Volkswagen Beetle is completely redesigned for 2012. Most noticeable is the exterior restyle, which incorporates a lower, flatter roofline and more steeply raked windshield. The look is more reminiscent of the very first Beetle of 1938. The car is four inches wider and six inches longer than its predecessor. Also different is the name: the "New" has been dropped from this Beetle's moniker. Inside is a wealth of metal-look plastic and chrome, and the dashboard is much narrower than before, which means an increase in interior cabin space. The charming bud vase is no longer present. The Beetle is offered with either a 2.5L 5-cylinder engine, which is rated at 170 hp, or 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that makes 200 hp. The 2.5L model offers 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, while the Turbo delivers 21 and 30 mpg, respectively. Pricing starts at $19,795.
More aggressive styling; more practical and spacious interior; sporty turbo performance; plenty of in-cabin entertainment options
With a new, more aggressive design, more spacious interior, plus a pair of tried and true powerplants, the 2012 Volkswagen offers a fresh new alternative for buyers shopping around for a cool compact. Against the likes of the MINI Cooper and Fiat 500, the Beetle holds its own, with a base price just under the MINI, and more practical usability than that of the diminutive FIAT's.
Select a 2012 Volkswagen Beetle trim level
Beetle-4 Cyl. Turbo