A Buyer's Guide to the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Although it may be one of the most recognizable cars on the road, thanks to its unique design, perhaps you’ve never considered owning a Volkswagen Beetle before. There are a number of reasons the 2012 model should have you considering one as your next car though.

Key Features

17-inch alloy wheels work quite nicely with this aggressive vehicle. You also have the option of moving up to 18-inch versions. The touch screen premium sound system is a great addition as well, especially because a Fender Premium Audio setup was used. For a small car, this is quite the arrangement.

Changes for 2012

The biggest change to the 2012 model is the look of this beetle. It’s the first “new” version of the aesthetic in quite some time and it immediately shows. Also, two of the engine choices — the turbocharged and diesel versions — are welcomed updates.

What We Like

If you’re into “boutique” cars, it’s tough to beat the 2012 VW Beetle. It delivers on style, image and even emotion.

We also love the fact that you have options when it comes to your engine. There is a 2.5-liter five-cylinder model, one with a 2.0-liter turbo engine and another 2.0-liter version that’s a turbodiesel!

It’s also great that Volkswagen paid homage to the historical look of the Beetle’s interior—especially evident by the instrument panel—without sacrificing function.

What Concerns Us

One look should tell you that the 2012 VW Beetle is not going to make a lot of sense if you consistently drive around with two or three passengers. The back seat can get very cramped very quickly. There’s also the low roof to contend with. Furthermore, you give up a lot of trunk space in order to accommodate the trademark design of the Beetle.

Available Models

There are three model types. The first is the basic model which comes with a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine. Given the Beetle’s size, this engine is completely satisfactory. However, there’s also the 2.0-liter turbo engine. This model makes the Beetle feel more like a muscle car. You could also go with the 2.0-liter TDI turbodiesel model. The low-speed torque offered by this option may surprise you. Of course, the real highlight is how much you can save at the pump by choosing diesel.

Major Recalls

There have been three major recalls of the 2012 VW Beetle. The first, in 2012, was simply because summer tires that some vehicles came with failed to meet federal safety standards. Later that year, another recall was necessary because the front passenger seat’s sensors sometimes didn’t detect a child restraint apparatus if it got wet. The last recall was in 2014. It was issued because the rear trailing arms in some vehicles were not durable enough, meaning they could break and cause crashes.

Common Issues

The only major issue is that first-time buyers often don’t seem to realize just how compact this vehicle is. Usually, they simply fail to consider how the shape of a Beetle makes it difficult to transport items.

Volkswagen Beetle 2012 Interior


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