Compare 2012 Ford Fiesta vs 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

2012 Ford Fiesta
2012 Volkswagen Beetle
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4-Door Sedan S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan S 28 38 $12,788 $13,200
5-Door HB S 28 38 $13,634 $14,100
4-Door Sedan SE 28 38 $14,170 $14,670
5-Door HB SE 28 38 $15,110 $15,670
4-Door Sedan SEL 28 38 $15,984 $16,600
5-Door HB SES 28 38 $16,830 $17,500
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2-Door Coupe Automatic Entry
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Automatic Entry 22 29 $17,755 $18,495
2-Door Coupe Automatic Entry PZEV 22 29 $17,755 $18,495
2-Door Coupe Manual 22 31 $18,235 $18,995
2-Door Coupe Manual PZEV 22 31 $18,235 $18,995
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L 22 31 $19,003 $19,795
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L PZEV 22 31 $19,003 $19,795
2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L 22 29 $20,059 $20,895
2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L PZEV 22 29 $20,059 $20,895
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L w/Sun 22 31 $21,403 $22,295
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L w/Sun PZEV 22 31 $21,403 $22,295
2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sun 22 29 $22,459 $23,395
2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sun PZEV 22 29 $22,459 $23,395
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo 21 30 $22,459 $23,395
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo PZEV 21 30 $22,459 $23,395
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav 22 31 $23,131 $24,095
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav PZEV 22 31 $23,131 $24,095
2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sound/Nav PZEV 22 29 $23,294 $24,265
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo 22 30 $23,515 $24,495
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo PZEV 22 30 $23,515 $24,495
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Black Turbo Launch Edition 22 30 $23,953 $24,950
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Black Turbo Launch Edition PZE 22 30 $23,953 $24,950
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T White Turbo Launch Edition 22 30 $23,953 $24,950
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T White Turbo Launch Edition PZE 22 30 $23,953 $24,950
2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav 22 29 $24,187 $25,195
2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav PZEV 22 29 $24,187 $25,195
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound 21 30 $25,339 $26,395
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound PZEV 21 30 $25,339 $26,395
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound 22 30 $26,395 $27,495
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound PZEV 22 30 $26,395 $27,495
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Snd/Nav PZEV 21 30 $26,875 $27,995
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound/Nav 21 30 $26,875 $27,995
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sound/Nav PZEV 22 30 $27,038 $28,165
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Snd/Nav PZEV 22 30 $27,931 $29,095
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound/Nav 22 30 $27,931 $29,095
Pricing
Invoice Price
$12,788
$17,755
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$13,200
$18,495
Monthly Payment Estimate
$220 / month
$308 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
You could do better if you most value space and comfort, but the 2012 Ford Fiesta packs in a lot of style and substance. It's a tale of two Bugs: base Beetles are boring, but 2012 VW Beetle Turbos have us seeking out the nearest exit ramp.
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Fuel Economy
City
28 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
38 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Subcompact car
Number of Passenger Doors
4 2
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.0 49.0
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 41.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
85.1 85.0
Front Hip Room (in)
50.6 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
31.2 31.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 39.4
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Second Hip Room (in)
49.2 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
52.7 55.3
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.7
Length, Overall (in)
173.6 168.4
Height, Overall (in)
58.0 58.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
57.7 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in)
98.0 99.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.8 71.2
Track Width, Front (in)
57.7 - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.8 12.0
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
7.9 x - TBD - - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 x - TBD - - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.0 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.3 16.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.4 35.4
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P185/65R15 215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P185/65R15 215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2578 - TBD -
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
4.8 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
1.6L/97 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
120 @ 6350 170 @ 5700
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I5
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
112 @ 5000 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
99J NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
28 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
33 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
38 29
Transmission
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.28 - TBD -
Trans Type
5 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.61 - TBD -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.04 - TBD -
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front-wheel drive Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.07 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.95 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - TBD -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.85 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Fiesta Volkswagen Beetle
Body Style
Sedan Coupe
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.9 NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Twist Beam - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 (2011) 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.7 7.3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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