Kelley Blue Book Value®
$6,411 - $29,095
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
22 City / 31 HWY
Horsepower
170-200
Seats
4
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$6,411 - $29,095
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
22 City / 31 HWY
Horsepower
170-200
Seats
4

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.7 Overall Score
Performance 3.6 Comfort 3.7 Styling 3.9 Value 3.5

Editor's Overview

Totally redesigned for 2012, the Volkswagen Beetle trades its interior bud vase for a more menacing posture. Longer, lower and wider, the Beetle has been repositioned as a viable alterna...

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Reviews

4.68

40 Reviews

75% 18% 8% 2 star 0% 1 star 0%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

I would say Volkswagen beetle would be a less expensive choice.

Well, I have had no vehicle problems that have occurred by the vehicle itself. The car is quite low to the ground so straying of the road onto curbs or onto rough terrain. The car is pretty great on gas mileage and new tires are pretty cheap as well. The car also comes with Bluetooth to connect your phone for easy hand free talking. It also has a leather seat feel which handles most smells with easy clean up. It is small, allowing for easy handling. The seats are comfortable and have a wide moving aspect for small and bigger people. This only affects people who are sitting in the back. There are only two doors making it difficult to drive with more than one passenger because of such little leg space in the back.

- Alexis K

Beautiful and quick little bug.

I love my car, it is beautiful, reliable and efficient. It gets the job done. I've done many cross country/long distance trips and have never had any problems. I have owned my car for almost 4 years, I bought it used and it was in perfect condition and still is. It is pretty gas efficient as well. I do have to check my oil often because it can sometimes burn a lot of oil but other than that I love my car. The trunk has more space than you'd expect and so does the space inside the car. My headlights are a little dim but that is easily fixed. My car drives very smoothly, it is easy to speed. It is a turbo so it is fast and when put into sport mode can zip by pretty quickly.

- Emily E

Light blue VW beetle 2012.

My vehicle is really visually appealing. I love the unique design and color, but it is lacking mechanically. I have had the air conditioning break down twice within my 2 years of owning it and have also experienced many issues with the gears that have yet to be checked out. The ride is very loud and bumpy due to it being so close to the ground. When I am transporting more than just myself in the car, gas mileage is terrible because it is easily weighed down.

- Mary G

Ranked #2 Small Cars by Owners

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$6,953 - $9,382
$7,275 - $9,856

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 hp
170 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L I5 engine
2.5L I5 engine
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.3 in.
41.3 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.4 in.
39.4 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
31.4 in.
31.4 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.1 in.
37.1 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
12 cu. ft.
12 cu. ft.

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

MP3 Player

AUX Input

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
4
4

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum
Aluminum

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
215
215

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
99.9 in.
99.9 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.4 ft.
35.4 ft.

Length

Length
168.4 in.
168.4 in.

Width

Width
71.2 in.
71.2 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2939 .lbs
2939 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 hp
170 hp

Torque

Torque
177 ft. lbs.
177 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
.lbs
.lbs

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
5 Cylinder
5 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
14.5 gal.
14.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
11 - 16 mpg
11 - 30 mpg

City

City
22 mpg
22 mpg

Highway

Highway
31 mpg
29 - 31 mpg
Safety Features

Features

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

    N/A
  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety