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2012 VW Beetle Nets Pretty Much Same Fuel-Efficiency Numbers as Golf and Jetta

June 7, 2011 at 1:13pm by Alexander Stoklosa

Today, Volkswagen released pricing information on its upcoming 2012 Beetle, along with some official EPA fuel-economy numbers for the retro-mobile. The Beetle will launch with two gas engines—a 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder and a 2.0-liter turbo inline-four—and a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel will follow sometime next year. The inline-five achieves 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway with the optional six-speed automatic; pairing it with the standard five-speed manual gets the same city figure and 31 mpg on the highway. The uplevel 200-hp, 2.0-liter turbo is shared with the GTI and is rated at 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg highway when paired with VW’s DSG six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. No mention was made of 2.0-liter’s efficiency with the standard six-speed stick, but figure on the same 21/31 figures achieved by the GTI with the same pairing.

That’s because the rest of the numbers mirror those of the Golf and GTI hatchback models with the same powertrains, while falling a bit short of the Jetta sedan’s efficiency numbers. The Jetta with the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine can muster 23/33 mpg with a five-speed stick and 24/31 with a six-speed automatic. VW didn’t release EPA numbers on the TDI Beetle, and instead offered up a 40-mpg estimate of its highway fuel efficiency. Given that the current Golf and Jetta with the TDI 2.0-liter diesel get 30 mpg city and 42 highway no matter which transmission does the shifting, it’s pretty safe to assume the diesel Beetle will earn similar EPA numbers.

Tags: TDI, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Beetle |

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