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