Fuel Economy Update for February - 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo: Fuel Economy Update for February

March 4, 2013

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo

We spun our feisty Beetle Turbo's odometer nearly 1,200 additional miles during February, a month which also saw a couple of milestones. One was expected, as we hit the 15,000-mile mark. The other was a pleasant surprise.

A new record for best fuel economy, 32.6 miles per gallon, was established. The latter handily beats the EPA highway estimate of 30 mpg. Meanwhile, at 23.9 mpg, our lifetime average is only about a single mile per gallon off the EPA combined estimate. Overall, this is pretty impressive considering the Beetle's constant battle with L.A.'s notorious traffic and our staff's occasionally leaden feet.

Worst Fill MPG: 15.8
Best Fill MPG: 32.6
Average Lifetime MPG: 23.9
EPA MPG Rating (City/Highway/Combined): 22 city/30 highway/25 combined
Best Range: 423.5
Current Odometer: 15,178

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 15,178 miles


  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    When my wife and I had the same engine in a Jetta we got 24 mpg on tanks that were mostly city commuting and barely made 30 on open roads.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Wow - glad commenting is back (probably jinxed it by saying...). The Beetle will end up with a lifetime average of 25, like the GTI did. That's pretty damn good, considering the power. My GTI will do 32 on the open road at 70.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    "...and our staff's occasionally leaden feet." Is somebody's nose getting longer?

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