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2012 Volkswagen Beetle - Review

 

2012
logo OVERALL RATING 7
out of 10
With the introduction of its new 2012 Beetle, Volkswagen is hoping to drop the cutesy hatch’s “chick car” descriptor and lure more male buyers.

In fact, Volkswagen has set itself a target to increase the percentage of male Beetle buyers from a low 36 percent for the previous generation New Beetle to 59 percent for the new 2012 model.

Accordingly, this third generation of the People’s Car has been given a serious dose of testosterone and has actually spawned a high-performance turbo model.

With a turbocharged 2.0-liter TFSI engine sending 197 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque through to the front wheels via Volkswagen’s XDS electronic differential and either a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG, the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo could best be described as a Golf GTI in cuter wrapping.

However, the suspension and steering has been tuned more for comfort in the Beetle rather than outright performance and this shows in the driving performance.

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