Jan 24, 2012
Reviewed By Marc Emerson
Price as Tested $29,865.00, 2.0L turbocharged, 200 horsepower, 207 lbs-ft torque in-line 4 cylinder direct injection engine, with 6-speed DSG Automatic Transmission, Sunroof, Sound, and Nav.
Likes

Much more aggressive styling compared to the previous generation “New Beetle.” Quality of the interior is top notch. For audiophiles the Fender stereo is a must. Front seats are comfortable. The wide wheelbase and short ride height gives the handling a very stable feel. This car’s 200hp 2.0L TSI turbocharged engine pulls the car along at ease, and the 207 lbs/ft of torque ensure that acceleration is always at hand.

Dislikes

The double-clutch DSG transmission seems to help at the pump, but affects throttle response. Shift it into sport mode, though, and it takes off like a rocket, but doing so will will hurt your pocket book. As you brake, the transmission shifts down a bit early which can cause some lurching. The back seat is virtually non-existent. For an adult to sit in the back it requires that you either straddle the front seat, or put both your legs to one side. The rear upright for the hatch impairs visibility while reversing. The arm rest seems like an afterthought, since if it is down and you pull the parking brake, it hits the armrest, and compartment inside it is so small that there is not much use for it.

Verdict

The Beetle Turbo is a really fun drive, and the Fender stereo, and sunroof are nice to have options. This car does turn a few heads, which is much more than I can say for the previous generation. At almost $30,000, you could get this or a similarly equipped Mini Cooper S, and I think it would be a tossup which to choose.

Fun to Drive
4.5 rating
Fun to Look at
4.5 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating
Stats
Horsepower 200hp
Torque 207 lbs/ft
Zero to Sixty Time 6.8 sec
EPA Mileage 22/30

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