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2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Two-Minute Review: Video

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For 2012 Volkswagen revamped the aging Beetle and attempted turned it into a more aggressive, modern version of the original. First out of the gate is the Turbo model with the soul of a GTI and the look of a Bug.

In our two-minute video review we note that while the car looks shorter, it's actually a visual trick. The longer hood, wider stance, and flat roof all trick the eye into thinking the ride height has changed dramatically. Give VW its due--the Beetle does look a lot more butch and masculine this time around.

Inside the Beetle you won't find a flower vase. Instead, you'll find upgraded materials along with better fit and finish. The design is now more in line with the Golf and new Jetta. While the round instrument cluster is still in place and in character, the climate controls and infotainment system is straight out of the VW parts bin.

Three powertrains are currently available, ranging from a 2.5-liter five-cylinder to a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder from the GTI. A 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder was announced at the Chicago Auto Show and will be coming soon.

Overall we like the Beetle and find the update to be significant. It competes well with the much smaller Fiat 500, and even with the MINI Cooper.

For more information on the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle make sure you read our full review.

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