2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

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edited September 2014 in Volkswagen

image2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

The 2.0 liter TSI engine in our Beetle is a great engine, but if it were my money, I'd choose the Beetle TDI.

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  • rjettrjett Member Posts: 24
    I would completely agree with you IF the TDI had more power. 140 HP is just too low for my taste. But that's just my opinion.
  • matt_amatt_a Member Posts: 2
    I would choose the TDI hands down. It may only make 140hp, but it makes 236 ft-lbs of torque. That more than makes up for the lower hp figure. It really isn't much slower than the 2.0T, and the fuel economy bump is definitely worth it.
  • fordson1fordson1 Unconfirmed Posts: 1,512
    I have a GTI and I've driven a Jetta with the TDI. It's way slower than my car. It's tough to say what engine I would get in a Beetle, because I really can't see getting a Beetle.
  • nippononlynippononly Member Posts: 12,555
    Fender edition turbo, no question. It doesn't help that in my area diesel is consistently $0.40/gallon more than premium unleaded.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • alex_e_alex_e_ Member Posts: 1
    Glad you posted this - I am looking at a number of replacement options for my 2008 Mini Clubman (non-S). Aside from another Mini, I was considering the VW options (GLI, GTI, and Beetle). I like the idea of a TDI Beetle, for the robustness of the engines (don't diesels last longer generally), and the efficiency. I agree about the xenons - sad that they aren't even an option on the TDI.
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