2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle: White Lies in the Red Zone

September 17, 2012

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

It's no secret that Scott Oldham likes a walk on the wild side (our new Buick Regal Grand National being Exhibit One). So it didn't bother him to drive down our long-term Lexus GS 350 to zero range.

The Lachnit household, on the other hand, is decidedly mild side. When the Beetle flashed its yellow "reserve fuel" light yesterday and said we had about five miles of range left, we exited the freeway and filled up. The car has a tank of "about" 14.5 gallons, according to the owner's manual, including two gallons of reserve. We pumped 13.35 gallons. We've been averaging 21 mpg in the Beetle. At its worst, we got 16.3 mpg, so we actually had somewhere between 18.7 and 27.6 miles of range left, not five.

It's a nanny gauge, for sure. But I don't mind it when it comes to fuel, where consumption varies and the consequences of running out are no fun.  

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @5,691 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Volkswagen Beetle in VA is:

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