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2012 Volkswagen Beetle


Safety and fuel economy

Electronic stability control is standard, as well as six airbags protecting the passenger compartment. Volkswagen says the Beetle’s laser-welded and galvanized body exhibits one of the best torsional rigidity values in the segment.

A turbodiesel will be offered in the Beetle for the first time in the U.S. The 200-horsepower 2.0-liter TDI meets all U.S. emissions requirements and achieves 29 mpg city/40 mpg highway fuel economy with both the standard six-speed manual gearbox and optional six-speed dual clutch transmission. Volkswagen says this makes the Beetle one of the most fuel-efficient cars in its class.

Fuel economy is also improved in the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine with a rating of 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway (manual) and 22/29 city/highway mpg (six-speed automatic).

What’s the verdict?

Does Volkswagen’s 2012 Beetle deliver on the goal to “design a new original” in your eyes? Feel free to leave your comments in the section below.

For more information on the 2012 Beetle, see TheCarConnection coverage.

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Comments (2)
  1. I had a 2002 Jetta TDI, it got 50.6 mph at 73mph. Why has the milage gone down, we now have higher fuel prices. It looks like that VW lost ground and went backwards.They have Golfs in Europe getting over 60mpg what is the deal. We need a straight answer from VW. I will never buy again until they bring the milage up to European standards.

  2. @ anonymously - Interestingly, the EPA's revised fuel economy calculations for older vehicles shows the 2002 VW Jetta TDI at 29 mpg city/40 mpg highway (with four-speed automatic) and 35 mpg city/44 mpg highway (with five-speed manual). Note that this was with the 1.9-liter turbodiesel engine. You have to factor in all the emissions requirements which are now more stringent in the U.S. than before. Right now, 40 mpg seems to be the mileage-mark for most automakers. Of course, there will be breakthroughs, and that's all to the consumers' benefit. Thanks for commenting.

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