2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Video Road Test and Review

The Volkswagen Beetle is a two door four passenger retro styled compact that is available with two distinct power trains as well as an assortment of popular option bundling packages ranging from the entry level Beetle 2.5L al the way up to the Beetle Turbo w. Sunroof, Sound and Navigation.

The VW Beetle 2.5L is powered by a 2.5 Liter inline five cylinder engine that produces 170 HP and 177 lb-ft of torque being channeled through a five speed manual gearbox which is good for an estimated 22 MPH in the city and 31 MPG on the highway.  The base Beetle rides on a set of 17 inch wheels and comes comfortably equipped with leatherette seating, an 8 speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system with USB and auxiliary audio inputs and Bluetooth hands free connectivity for $19,795.  For $22,295 VW offers the Beetle 2.5L w/ Sunroof that delivers a power sliding panoramic sunroof, Sirius XM Satellite radio, a touch screen premium sound system, keyless entry with a push button starter and a leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel.  Meanwhile the $24,095 Beetle 2.5L w/ Sunroof, Sound and Navigation adds a set of 18 inch discs as well as the obligatory RNS 315 touch screen navigation display and a Fender premium stereo.

The VW Beetle Turbo is aptly named thanks to the 2.0 Liter TSI turbocharged and intercooled four cylinder that pumps out an even 200 HP and 207 lb-ft of torque channeled through a six speed manual cog swapper before being put to the ground via Volkswagen’s XDS, cross differential system, all of which is good for a 0 to 60 MPH sprint of 6.8 seconds and is good for an estimated 21 MPG around town and as much as 30 MPG at speed.  The Turbo Bug is upgraded with a set of 18 inch Twister alloys, a rear spoiler, cloth covered sport seats and brushed aluminum sport pedals.  The Beetle Turbo w/ Sunroof and Sound gets the same sky watching, satellite radio listening, touch screen and leather wrapped features as the less powerful version, starting at $26,395 while the $27,995 Beetle Turbo w/ Sunroof, Sound and Navigation is equally as upgraded as the 2.5L that goes by the same name, except this one gets leather.
 
Similar cars to the Beetle are the MINI Cooper, the Hyundai Veloster and the Honda CR-Z.
 
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