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Lauren Fix, the Car Coach, takes a look at the original people’s car reincarnated: the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle.
The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is completely new and has dropped those familiar feminine details for a more masculine feel. Let’s take a closer look.
Model: Beetle or Bug
Where Manufactured: Mexico
MPG: 22 city/31 hwy. mpg
Engine:200-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)?, 170-hp, 2.5-liter I-5 (regular gas)
Price: starts at $18,995–$24,950
Safety:Standard features include antilock brakes, side curtain airbags, and an electronic stability system.
Backed by a 6-speed automatic or manual transmission options.
My test-drive in the 2012 VW Beetle proved that it was a blast to drive. I loved the new Fender premium sound system and a sunroof that’s 80 percent bigger than previous models.
Volkswagen has combined retro and modern design cues in styling. The result is a significant change in the car’s appearance, making this great-looking car slightly wider and longer.
Available features include 19-inch wheels, a panoramic moonroof, and a rear spoiler. Volkswagen also plans to cater to customizers by offering numerous paint colors and wrap options, as well as releasing a “theme” model each year.
It’s not all about performance. There are a million drivers out there who grew up with the old air-cooled bugs. Finally, VW is giving us a modern version of an incredible classic.
• Mini Cooper
• FIAT 500
• Hyundai Veloster
• Unique styling
• High-class interior
• Capable handling
• Comfortable ride
• Fun-to-drive turbo engine
• Strong list of standard features
• Lots of space for storage
• Poor fuel economy
• Tight back seat
• Navigation system takes time to learn.
The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is a completely new redesign with a Turbo model. It has a more masculine exterior, better fuel economy, and is fun to drive.