2012 Volkswagen Beetle review and test drive — Volkswagen 2012

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Volkswagen 2012

Familiar shape, unfamiliar

For only the third time in years, Volkswagen is introducing an Beetle, and this time are determined to shake off the previous New chick-car image. How have changed the new Beetle — and is it as desirable as the old one? Read on. range $20,595 — EPA fuel economy estimates 22 MPG 29-30 MPG highway.

First I’m speechless

When I got my invitation to the Beetle press I figured this would be an write-up. I already knew was trying to lose the old New Beetle chick-car image, and while not sure why they were so to do that, I could see from the pictures that the 2012 was definitely more manly. I that right there was my story; all I had to do was hop on the plane, take the car for a spin, and then crank out a 1,200 words saying the new is either as awesome as the GTI or as disappointing as the New shape or not, the Beetle is just another A-platform How hard could the review be?

Instead, I came home and hours staring at a blank processor screen. Driving the new left me a bit. well, actually. They really transformed the whole nature of the I honestly don’t know to think about the New Beetle and I sure as hell don’t what to write about it.

So start by talking about the that’s sure to fill up at a paragraph. The new Beetle is longer, and wider than the old New Beetle; the shape is gone, replaced by more. well, more The proportions will take getting used to — accustomed to Beetles being and cuddly, but the 2012 Beetle more like an old ’60s that’s been chopped and It’s aggressive and purposeful, two I never thought I’d use to the Beetle.

Pricing for the new Beetle starts at including air conditioning, 17 alloy iPod-compatible stereo and Bluetooth connectivity. That puts it in the neighborhood as the MINI Cooper, but more than the Fiat 500 and the Veloster. Turbo models $3,600 more, and adding a keyless ignition, and navigation the price up by about 4 grand. A Beetle with all the trimmings including an automatic transmission and Fender audio system brings the price up to just shy of $30

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

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In the Seat: Different, but a bit dull

The old New seating position was one of the strangest ever encountered, with an of plastic separating the driver the windshield. By comparison, the driver of the Beetle practically sits his (or her — well, hopefully not nose pressed up against the a narrow gun-slit affair offers a view out not unlike the Cooper. (Coincidence? Probably

The dash is done up in body-color although in typical German they’ve managed to make rather nifty design feel a bit dull. Maybe the fact that the rest of my car’s interior was done up in black, but the Beetle didn’t the same bright and cheery as the Fiat 500. (Perhaps a good thing, though, as the 500 is a chick car.)

Décor — after all, girls care about right? — I found the position a bit low, the steering a bit thin, and visibility to the rear a bit Nevertheless, I quickly got comfortable, and I the high-quality interior materials Golf/GTI than Jetta) and the stereo and A/C controls. My test car had a full-length sunroof, but I was disappointed to that it only opens half-way. The back seat is to write home about, and the is narrow but spacious at 15.4 feet.

Volkswagen 2012

On the Road: Old familiar friends

is narrow but deep; it stows cubic feet.

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The Beetle is offered with a trio of engines: The 170 hp 2.5 liter from the Jetta, the 200 hp 2-liter 4-cylinder from the GTI, and the TDI turbodiesel. The TDI is scheduled to be fashionably — it should arrive calendar year 2012 so I was only able to sample the gas

The 2.5 5-cylinder is. well, it’s the same as it is in every other Torquey, eager, and no substitute for a 4-cylinder engine. The power is and the engine even sounds a bit in the Beetle than it does in the and Passat. but with EPA fuel estimates of just 22 MPG city and 29 MPG buyers will pay for that cylinder. Most automakers 4-cylinder engines in the 2.2 to 2.4 liter that offer similar and it’s time for VW to catch up.

The 2-liter turbo isn’t at its in the Beetle, though it’s pretty darn good. 2.0T Beetles gets a DSG twin-clutch transmission in place of the conventional automatic. The Beetle’s DSG to be tuned for smoother shifts in the GTI and GLI, and off-the-line performance is a underwhelming. Once on the move, this engine really EPA fuel economy numbers are a bit better than the 5-cylinder 22 MPG city, 30 MPG highway — but requires taking it easy on the Good luck with

Under the skin, the 2012 rides the same basic as the Golf and Jetta. 2.5 liter get a torsion-bar rear suspension, the Turbo gets a fully-independent end. I like the way both drive; the ride is comfortable and the is admirably tight, but the Beetle have the let’s-go-out-and-play attitude of the Cooper — or, for that the VW GTI.

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