2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2012 Volkswagen Beetle - Road Test Specs

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback

(2.5L 5-cyl. 6-speed Automatic w/Sunroof, Sound, Navigation)


Model year2012
Style2.5L 2dr Hatchback With Sunroof, Sound, Navigation (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$25,965
Options on test vehicleNone
As-tested MSRP$25,965


Drive typeFront-wheel Drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected inline-5
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,480/151
Block/head materialIron/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)9.5
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)170 @ 5,700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)177 @ 4,250
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic with console shifter with sport/competition modes
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 4.04; II = 2.37; III = 1.56; IV = 1.16; V = 0.85; VI = 0.67; Reverse = 3.19; Final drive = 3.50


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSemi-independent twist beam-axle, coil springs, twin-tube dampers
Steering typeHydraulic-assist, variable-ratio, rack-and-pinion steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.3
Tire brandHankook
Tire modelOptimo H426
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire size, front235/45R18 94H
Tire size, rear235/45R18 94H
Wheel size18-by-8 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front11.3-inch ventilated steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear10.7-inch solid steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.1
0-45 mph (sec.)5.6
0-60 mph (sec.)9.0
0-75 mph (sec.)13.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.6
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.7
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)122
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)65.7
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.85
Sound level @ idle (dB)41.9
@ Full throttle (dB)73.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)65.7

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWent quickest in manual-shift mode, even though it still shifts for itself at 6,000 rpm just like in D and S. Power braking proved slower, as the wheelspin it enabled would upset the non-defeatable stability control. Manual shifting is via console lever (pull back for downshifts). Does not blip throttle on downshifts nor hold gears to rev limiter.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsLongish pedal travel but stable and secure stops. Lots of ABS commotion and strong brake odor by 4th stop. First stop was shortest at 122 feet; longest was 5th (out of six) at 127 feet.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsSlalom: Strangely impressive and unexpectedly good. Steering doesn't provide much feedback but the chassis is tuned very well. Controlled body roll, and it turns in reasonably quickly and in a linear fashion. Non-defeatable ESC has high limits, only cutting in when you really toss it around. Seats have limited lateral support. Skid pad: Lots of understeer and minimal front grip. Steering doesn't give much in the way of feedback. Throttle adjustments also don't make much difference. Non-defeatable ESC a bit erratic in its intervention, as it massively stabs brakes and cuts throttle, then suddenly allows full power, which makes it tough to be smooth.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,115
Temperature (°F)53.8
Relative humidity (%)53.9
Wind (mph, direction)2.5, Cross

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)22 city/29 highway/25 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)21.6
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,983
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,105
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)37.3/62.7
Length (in.)168.4
Width (in.)71.2
Height (in.)58.5
Wheelbase (in.)99.9
Track, front (in.)62.2
Track, rear (in.)60.9
Turning circle (ft.)35.4
Legroom, front (in.)41.3
Legroom, rear (in.)31.4
Headroom, front (in.)39.4
Headroom, rear (in.)37.1
Shoulder room, front (in.)55.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)49.0
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)15.4
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)29.9


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance3 years/36,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front
Head airbagsFront and rear
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested
IIHS offsetNot Tested

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