It’s hard to believe, but it’s approaching two decades that the “New” Beetle has been with us. What debuted as the Concept 1 at the 1994 North American International Auto Show begat the New Beetle for the 1998 model year. This revival of an entry-level motoring classic was offered with a 2.0 liter inline-4 or a 1.9 liter TDI engine initially, with a hotter 1.8 liter turbocharged petrol unit arriving shortly thereafter. Everyone from college kids to retirees began snapping these up in their quest for a little bit of nostalgia. These were not the most reliable of Volkswagens, suffering a lot of the same trim and electrical glitches that plagued the car they were based on, the MkIV Golf. A few years on, you could buy one for a song on the used market, and demand for new ones started to wane.
Enter the A5 based Beetle which debuted in 2011 for the 2012 model year. This was a larger, more powerful and feature laden car than its predecessor. Its appearance was meant to ape a bit of the cues from the original Beetle, with a modified roofline and available steel wheels with chromed trim rings and hubcaps. We’re a few years now into the current generation of Beetles, and this 6-speed manual example with low miles comes to us by way of our friends at Euro Automotion in Happy Valley, Oregon.
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Engine: 2.5 liter inline-5
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 35,582 mi
1 owner 2012 Volkswagen Beetle finished in Uni Black over Titan Black interior. Low 13k miles with a clean title and a CARFAX that shows regular maintenance and no adverse history. Loaded with AM/FM Fender premium audio with in dash CD changer and satellite radio.
This Beetle also comes equipped with a panoramic sunroof, heated seats, cruise control, iPod input, bluetooth and more. Extras such as all weather mats, manuals, and two master keys are included. Bumper to bumper warranty is in place until April while the powertrain is covered for 5 years/60k miles.
Phone: (503) 752-4545
I had a lengthy chat with the seller about this car. One thing that stood out about this car, besides the orange stripes, was that it turned out to be a surprisingly fun car to drive with the 6-speed manual with snappy acceleration. I was never a fan of the original New Beetle. Perhaps it was the horrific A-pillar blind spots or the fact that I thought it felt a bit of a clumsy Golf on the road. In any case, the A5-based Beetle has addressed a lot of shortcomings of the previous model. Sure, it might not be as small and endearing as the original air-cooled People’s Car, but it is an interpretation of the theme built for modern day motoring.