My What a Big Fuel Gauge You Have - 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle: My What a Big Fuel Gauge You Have

August 02, 2012


Yes, that's the first thing that struck me when I got in our Beetle for the first time. No idea why really, it's just huge. Big as the tach in fact, not sure I've ever seen that before.

That oddity aside, I was reminded how awesome VW's 2.0-liter turbo engine is once again. We had essentially the same engine in our Audi A4 Avant awhile back and it was great in that car, too. Not much has changed. It's smooth, has plenty of power and doesn't sound half bad for a four-cylinder. The mileage figures haven't been great overall, but that should improve as the mileage piles up. Too bad the new Passat doesn't offer the same engine, that would be a nice combo.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line

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