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Used 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

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Combined Fuel Economy
25 MPG
Horsepower
170 HP
KBB Expert Rating
3.7 
KBB Consumer Rating
4.2 
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Pros

If you’re attracted to the striking shape – as we certainly are – you can’t help but like the 2012 VW Beetle. Inside and out, it’s a constant reminder that you’re making an unmistakable style statement.

Cons

If your goal is to have an economical 2-door with plenty of room for four occupants and all their stuff, there are better choices than the 2012 Beetle. The back seat is a little cramped, the low roof line detracts from interior room, the sleek shape cuts into trunk capacity, and there are certainly less-expensive alternatives.

What's New For 2012

The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is as all-new as a car can be.

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Used 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Expert Review

The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is not the kind of car you buy because you need it, but because you absolutely want it. Its competitors are found in the “boutique” category – cars that deliver heavily on style, image, emotional appeal and ownership that transcends mere transportation. That group could reasonably include the Mini Cooper, Fiat 500, Ford Mustang, Hyundai Veloster, even the sibling VW GTI and a few others. Yet, the 2012 Beetle is an attractive selection in its own right, with all the mechanical, technological and feature benefits you would expect from Volkswagen, powered by a selection of engines that includes a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder, a 2.0-liter turbo powerhouse, and a 2.0-liter turbodiesel, all wrapped in the most familiar shape on the road.

Driving the Used 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Our driving experience with the 2012 Beetle was pleasure with a bit of puzzlement. Pleasure, because it does everything well: The steering is direct and responsive, and the overall behavior is completely stable, predictable and even refined. Puzzlement, because we had hoped for this newest iteration of VW’s Beetle to have the quick reflexes and enjoyable dynamics of one of our all-time favorites, the Volkswagen GTI. But the Beetle seems tuned for a more comfortable ride and less aggressive handling. Unless you’re a very enthusiastic driver you likely won’t notice the difference. The 2.5-liter 5-cylinder base engine is perfectly adequate, but we much prefer the available 2.0-liter turbo, which delivers impressive performance with essentially a non-noticeable penalty in fuel economy. All the control functions feel linear and direct, and the 2012 VW Beetle feels like one solid piece whether you're going down the road or carving up mountain passes.

Favorite Features

INTERIOR LAYOUT
Too often, efforts to evoke the past in modern incarnations work out less than satisfactorily, both for the past and the present. But the 2012 VW Beetle’s interior layout and instrument panel perfectly remembers the original Beetle while offering an arrangement that is both highly attractive and accommodatingly functional.

POWERTRAIN CHOICES
The 2012 Beetle’s base 2.5-liter 5-cylinder is completely satisfactory, but the 2.0-liter turbo is a real stormer throughout its rev range, and our choice. For the truly economy-minded, there’s the 2.0-liter TDI turbodiesel with its exceptional fuel economy and impressive low-speed torque.

Used 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Interior

Drivers and passengers will get into the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle and face one of the handsomest instrument panels on the market. Intended to evoke the feel and theme of the original Beetle, with rounded edges and curving shapes, it’s a testament to the fundamentals of clean and simple design, and shows the sort of classical timelessness exemplified by, say, a 1929 Barcelona chair or a custom-made shotgun. And not only is it pleasing in appearance, it leads to a layout that’s high on function, with all the necessary controls and information displays arranged for easy operation and monitoring.

Used 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Exterior

The 2012 VW Beetle tends to look bigger in the metal than it does in photos, and first observers seem to expect something more compact. The overall form owes more to the original Beetle than to the "New Beetle" of the last several years. Where the New Beetle was very rounded, the 2012 version is lower, certainly more aggressive looking and has a stronger family resemblance to its earlier ancestors, particularly in the side profile and window treatments. We think this is a good thing, as the overall image is more assertive and looks more snugged down into the road.

Used 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Standard Features

Standard fare on the base 2.5L model is 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, leatherette seating, and Electronic Stabilization Control. Moving up to the 2.5L w/Sunroof adds a panoramic sunroof, Satellite Radio, Touchscreen Premium VIII sound, keyless entry, and a leather-wrapped, multifunction steering wheel. Adding the Sound & Navigation package brings 18-inch alloy wheels, a Fender Premium Audio System, a multifunction trip computer, and navigation with touchscreen. Going to the Turbo model adds a rear spoiler, brushed-aluminum pedal covers, sport seats and the handling enhancement of VW's "Cross Differential System." The Turbo with Sunroof, Sound & Navigation package nets leather as well.

Used 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Options

Since the most of the add-on Beetle goodies are grouped into packages associated with the trim levels, the only additional features tend to be minor items having to do with vehicle protection, floormats and graphics treatments. But one item worth considering is the terrific Fender Audio System. It’s easy to operate and delivers great sound – if you’re an audiophile, you need to check this out.

Used 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Engine

The base engine in the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L is a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder available with either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2.5L is rated at 170 horsepower and delivers perfectly acceptable, if not exactly soul-stirring, performance. There are two commendable optional engines. The 2.0-liter Turbo, a favorite of ours in numerous other VW products, makes 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. Fitted with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed DSG automatic, this inline-4 delivers performance that is more than just spirited. The Beetle TDI's 2.0-liter turbodiesel merits 140 horsepower and a very impressive 236 lb-ft of torque, and is matched with either the 6-speed manual or the 6-speed Tiptronic automatic. The TDI offers remarkable around-town get-up-and-go and extremely thrifty fuel economy.


Beetle 2.5L
2.5-liter inline-5
170 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
177 lb-ft of torque @ 4,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31 mpg (manual), 22/29 mpg (automatic)

Beetle 2.0 Turbo
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
200 horsepower @ 5,100-6,000 rpm
207 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/30 mpg (manual), 22/30 mpg (automatic)

Beetle TDI
2.0-liter turbocharged diesel inline-4
140 horsepower @ 4,000 rpm
236 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750 rpm
City/highway fuel economy (estimated): 29/39 mpg

How Much Does the Used 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Cost?

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L with manual transmission is just under $20,000, which is in the ballpark for the MSRPs of the Fiat 500 Lounge, Mini Cooper and Scion tC. The 2.0 Turbo starts a little over $24,000 with a manual transmission, and the Tiptronic automatic adds about $900. A fully-optioned 2.0 Turbo, with the optional Sunroof, Sound & Navigation package, will be close to $31,000. Before heading to the Volkswagen dealer, be sure and check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what other buyers in your area have paid for 2012 Beetles. Expected residual values for the 2012 VW Beetle should be about the same as those of the Scion tC, less than those for the Mini Cooper, and more than those for the Fiat 500.

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Used 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Consumer Reviews

4.2 

Overall Rating

Based on 74 reviews

5 star

64%

4 star

16%

3 star

4%

2 star

12%

1 star

4%

Value
4.1 
Performance
4.3 
Quality
4.2 
Comfort
4.2 
Reliability
4.4 
Styling
4.4 

Hik
02/06/2019
2014 Volkswagen Beetle

"The most expensive problem car ever"

Beautiful car, fun to drive
Expensive, hassle, serious repairs needed constant
This car within the first year needed replacement of the window module (3 times), the push button starter, and the sunroof electrical module. (Warranty covered most of these repairs) Year 2, door locking mechanism had to be replaced (no warranty coverage) Year 3, sensors for parking break had to be replaced Year 4 well here we are again door locking mechanism needs to be replaced again and the sensors are being replaced again. The electrical systems on the car are terrible and a constant headache and expense. All services were performed at a VW dealership with VW parts. For a car with only 43000 miles and over 6000$ in repairs not a good value at all. It is a great looking car and is incredibly fun to drive (when the sensors aren't blaring constant doom), handling is great but the constant expense of replacement parts and headaches means this is my last VW.Read less
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Karen D
12/30/2018
2015 Volkswagen Beetle

"Ordered with all extras & love it"

Fabulous to drive with lots of power
None that I can think of
I ordered my car with all the extras, exactly the way I wanted it. I have loved my car since I got it and still love it. It has sport suspension, turbo, RLine and it has POWER! Love the way it drives, love the way it looks and love all the extra features!
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Tina
12/20/2018
2017 Volkswagen Beetle

"Don’t Waste Your Money"

Love the color and style of the car.
Electrical problem that they cant fix.
I purchased the car outright, no lease no loan. I had to return the car within the first week to locate the backseat shoulder straps that were under the seat. They had to take apart the back seat to correct it. I have had it in the VW dealership on more than 15 occasions over the last two years since the purchase date and VW has not been able to explain the issue or fix it. I will never own another VW, this is my second brand new problem VW. I know, twice? Shame on me. Won’t happen again.
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2012 Volkswagen Beetle Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.

Technology

  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Hands Free Phone
  • Navigation System
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Push-Button Engine Start
  • SD Card Slot
  • Smartphone Interface
  • Touch Screen Monitor

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Radio
  • CD Changer
  • iPod Connector
  • MP3 Player
  • Premium Radio
  • Satellite Radio
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • CD Player
  • iPod Interface
  • Subwoofer

Seating

  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Dual Power Front Seats
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leatherette/Vinyl Seats
  • Power Driver's Seat
  • Power Passenger's Seat

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks
  • Interior Ambient Lighting

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 22 mpg
  • EPA Class - Sub Compact Cars
  • EPA Hwy - 29 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 25 mpg

Performance

  • Horsepower - 170 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 5700 rpm
  • Stroke - 3.64 inches
  • Torque - 177 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 4250 rpm
  • Top Speed - 118 mph

Interior

  • Cup Holder
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Power Outlet
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel

Exterior

  • Alloy Wheels
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Number of Doors - 2 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P235/45HR18
  • Upgraded Wheels
  • Wheel Type - Alloy
  • Moon Roof/Sun Roof
  • Panorama Moon Roof

Security

  • Alarm System

Warranty

  • Basic Miles - 36000 miles
  • Basic Years - 3 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 12 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 60000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 5 years
  • Roadside Assistance Miles - 36000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance Years - 3 years
  • Scheduled Maintenance Miles - 36000 miles
  • Scheduled Maintenance Years - 3 years

Mechanical

  • Alternator Amps - 140 amps
  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Disc
  • Braking System - Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - FWD
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Engine Type - Gas
  • Power Steering
  • Tachometer
  • Transmission Type - Automatic
  • Cylinders - 5 cylinders
  • Displacement - 2.5 liter
  • Bore - 3.25 inches
  • Compression Ratio - 9.5
  • Fuel Induction - Multi-Port Fuel Injection
  • Total no. valves - 20 valves
  • Valve Train - Dual Overhead Cam
  • Engine Configuration - Inline
  • Emissions Rating - PZEV
  • # of Speeds - 6 speed
  • CID - 151 cubic inches
  • Amps - 60 amps
  • Recommended Fuel - Regular
  • Manual Mode - Tiptronic
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Hill Start Assist

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • EPA Passenger - 85.1 cubic feet
  • Fuel Capacity - 14.5 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 39.4 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 37.1 inches
  • Height - 58.5 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 41.3 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 31.4 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 4
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 5.7 inches
  • Overall Length - 168.4 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 55.3 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 49.0 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 4 passenger
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 15.4 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 35.4 feet
  • Wheel Base - 99.9 inches
  • Width with mirrors - 71.2 inches
  • Payload Capacity - 772 pounds
  • Cargo with all seats down - 29.9 cubic feet
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2012 Volkswagen Beetle Safety

4.0
Crash Test Rating
Frontal Crash
4 
Side Barrier
5 
Rollover Rating
4 
Side Crash
5 
Provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
2012 Volkswagen Beetle Safety Technology
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Collision Preparation
  • Front Head Curtain Airbag
  • Front Side Airbag

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2012 Volkswagen Beetle Rankings

Horsepower
170 HP
MPG Combined
25 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.2 Rating
Rank
Vehicle
HP
#2
2012 Volkswagen Beetle
170 HP

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