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2012 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback

Price Range: $18,495 - $29,095 | 21 MPG City - 29 MPG Highway

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2012 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback

Benefits of Driving a 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback

With a new, more aggressive design, more spacious interior, plus a pair of tried and true powerplants, the 2012 Volkswagen offers a fresh new alternative for buyers shopping around for a cool compact. Against the likes of the MINI Cooper and Fiat 500, the Beetle holds its own, with a base price just under the MINI, and more practical usability than that of the diminutive FIAT's.

What's new for 2012?

The popular Volkswagen Beetle is completely redesigned for 2012. Most noticeable is the exterior restyle, which incorporates a lower, flatter roofline and more steeply raked windshield. The look is more reminiscent of the very first Beetle of 1938. The car is four inches wider and six inches longer than its predecessor. Also different is the name: the 'New' has been dropped from this Beetle's moniker. Inside is a wealth of metal-look plastic and chrome, and the dashboard is much narrower than before, which means an increase in interior cabin space. The charming bud vase is no longer present.

Model Strengths

  • More aggressive styling
  • more practical and spacious interior
  • sporty turbo performance
  • plenty of in-cabin entertainment options

Model Review

Volkswagen went way back to the drawing board with its reimagining of the 2012 Beetle. The new Beetle--which is not to be called a 'New Beetle'--draws its inspiration from the original car of 1938, but with a lower, flatter roofline. This gives the car a more aggressive stance. Overall dimensions have grown, which translates to more interior room for passengers. Those passengers get a combination of retro simplicity in the gauge layout, elegance in the quality of cabin materials and high-tech in the available gizmos and gadgets.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
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2dr Cpe Man

Engine

Engine Type 2.5L Gas I5
Horsepower 170 @ 5700 RPM
Torque (lb-ft) 177 @ 4250 RPM

Fuel

Fuel Capacity 14.5 gal
Fuel Economy 22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Estimated max. distance per tank of gas 449.5 miles

Drivetrain

Driven Wheels FWD

Wheels

Rims 17 x - TBD - in.
Tires 215/55R17

Interior Space

Seating Capacity 4 adults
Front Headroom/Legroom 39.4 in. / 41.3 in.
Rear Headroom/Legroom 37.1 in. / 31.4 in.
Luggage/Cargo Space 12.0 cubic ft.

Dimensions

Wheelbase 99.9 in.
Curb Weight 2939 lb.
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2012 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback

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Comfort

Air Conditioning Standard
Front Bucket Seats Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard

Convenience

Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard
Power Windows Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard
CD Player Standard
MP3 Player Standard