It's finally okay to drive one
2012 Volkswagen Beetle
Good news, men. You’ll no longer be emasculated driving a VW Beetle. Lower, wider and with just the right amount of aggressiveness, the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is completely redesigned so you won’t have to look like you borrowed your girlfriend’s car. Though we can’t say it’s rakish and intimidating, we do agree that it’s clearly an upgrade from the last generation freeway putter. With a longer wheelbase, there’s also more headroom in the rear and it lends to a flatter roofline similar to the eye-pleasing Ragster Concept that showed up a few years ago. The LED parking lights, handsome taillights, more masculine wheel package and less playful interior also help this redesign look more hip and less hippie. With a four engine range, including a fuel-sipping 1.2 liter, a 1.6 liter turbo-diesel, a 2.0 liter turbocharged version and a TDI model, all of the Beetles should prove to be pretty fuel efficient. VW plans to deliver a cabrio, as well, somewhere down the line, in which we hope you are clearly uninterested. And thank you, VW, for ditching the ridiculous “bud vase” from the last model. More photos after the jump.