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2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5 at a glance

November 10, 2011

2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5

Base price: $19,765 (including destination)

Price, as tested: $25,965

Powertrain: 2.5-liter, DOHC, inline five-cylinder engine; six-speed automatic transmission with manual and sport modes

Horsepower: 170 at 5,700 rpm

Torque: 177 pound-feet at 4,250 rpm

0 to 60: 8.8 seconds (according to Motor Trend magazine)

Curb weight: 2,983 pounds

Wheelbase: 99.9 inches

Overall length: 168.4 inches

EPA fuel economy: 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway

Final thoughts: The Beetle shifts into gender-neutral

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