2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5

Posted on 21. Dec, 2011 by in Auto News

I never was a New Beetle kind of guy. But then I'm a guy. Unless a cute car handles like a Miata, I'm not interested. For 2012, Volkswagen has (have to mention every review), the new New Beetle, was the "New" and the bud vase. In the process of trying to expand the car appeal And?

The new (not new) Beetle body is less far-out styling exercise, loyal but also better resolved and more attractive update of form-follows-function only. Except in three dimensions, where one side of the Harley Earl decidedly contra-Bauhaus "longer, lower, wider" car design philosophy has been, with the changes of 7.3 (on 168.4) -0.5 (up to 58.5) and 2.3 (to 71.2 torn) inches. Most notable among the now bent curves, the beetles, the roof is no longer pursuing a continuous arc from fender to fender. There is enough of a flat roof area for a much bigger glass, but not enough for this panel only open halfway. Ignore the brochure: "Panorama" is not. Paint the bug "bridge device silver" and shoes with wide, flat steps (235/45HR18s, to be exact), and only men at least make their manhood should feel uncomfortable to drive this car.

The interior is also less style for its own sake and more a mix of the original problem minimalist aesthetic and modern standard VW. Although the herringbone pattern in some of the off-black leather and the audio display graphics are kind of nifty, are those happy, bubbly fun much less likely to find it here. The potential for whimsy traveled extensively with the bud vase. Fans adore the extra functionality of the glove compartment and three-dial HVAC, though.

When I spoke of men is probably in this car, I was figuratively. The hard, flat front passenger seat put my place to sleep while you want the hard, flat door-mounted armrest of my elbow for the same. The way forward is more confidence inspiring than the previous car, since 2012, the windshield is more upright and you no longer have to marvel at seeing through a length of the instrument panel. But if you are particularly long, the upper body, it is first necessary to avoid the seat to turn up feeling trapped, Kafka-style, in the big bug body. Only the windows appear small. The new car is probably due to its high waistline and small windows honest, not just as a post-beetle fishbowls. But the great feel from the driver's seat? This is new. No such novelty in the back it's still a tight fit for adults, even though the rear window is not fortunately overhead. Load volume remains modest similar systems, although the hatch opening, not a fashion victim is suitably greater.

I'm strangely excited by the much-maligned low-revving 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine in its latest 170 hp, 177 pound-feet iteration. Very torquey, it pulls strongly up to 40 miles per hour or so, and then more than adequate up to highway speeds while sounding larger than four (if not remotely like an air-cooled boxer) in the process. Too bad that the six-speed automatic transmission, in a not very successful attempt to earn good EPA numbers (22 city / 29 highway MPG), is more than capable to tow this engine. You want to change yourself? You save $ 1,100 with the five-speed manual. Or spend more and get the 200-horsepower 2.0T / six-speed stick combo.

Hopefully the steering and suspension are tuned differently to the turbo. The 2.5 's power steering (vs. the 2.0T electric assist) and communicates to build loads, but feels sluggish and a touch sloppy on-center. Little happens during the first quarter turn. The chassis feels sturdy, but not at all agile. As with the second generation Scion xB, the overwhelming feeling of the 2012 Beetle really takes a toll. Frisky personality like a MINI or 500? Not at all. One might be German driving device behind the wheel of a 3,000-plus-pound. The car is all business.

Aesthetically, the 18-inch wheels are perfect for the car. As the big shiny discs are tires, the wheels are probably not as heavy as they look. But they feel about as heavy as they look, stomping all, but most small road imperfections. Although the suspension tuning is hardly sporty GTI, the ride is rough more often than not. Chassis refinement uncharacteristically missing for a VW. What the engineers aim? To put a positive spin on it, are those sharp handling and those who want a smooth ride to be equally satisfied.

The price for the custom body? Easy to figure out, since the new Beetle is essentially the latest North American Jetta underneath. Okay, maybe not as easy as the Jetta 2.5 is not available with the 400-watt Fender audio system and 18-inch wheels. The tested Beetle, automatic, sunroof, nav, loaded lists for $ 25,965. A Jetta without these bits, but with plenty of other things to be worth $ 680 feature-based price adjustment (after True Delta car price comparison tool): $ 25,065. So out to find $ 1,580 for the bug body, larger wheels and rocking audio system. Not bad if the rest was good. A similarly equipped (but 121 hp) MINI Cooper costs almost the same as the tested Beetle adjusted for functional differences.

German coachbuilder Gunter Artz once highly a few golf bodies modified to fit over Porsche 928 mechanicals. Driving the result has severe cognitive dissonance influenced. The same is the case if in a direction less desirable with the 2012 Beetle. Also butched up, it looks like it should be fun, or at least feel special. Maybe you want a less Mini MINI. Instead, the latest Beetle like an American-spec Jetta goes gangsta with window, sloppy steering and less polished suspension. I really enjoyed driving the Jetta with 2.5 more. The Germans have never our American fondness for the car, which meant for them only to painful connection with their immediate postwar state. This might explain why, after masterfully crafting a functional, attractive, and more broadly appealing update of the iconic exterior, she cried the rest in. The result is certainly not a bad car, but not the distinctive experience it could have been. The abandoned better idea: Think Small.

Volkswagen provided the car with insurance and a tank of gas.

Michael Karesh operates TrueDelta.com, an online provider of car reliability and real-world fuel economy information.