Airspace - 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Airspace

August 01, 2012


I share Mr. Roman's viewpoint regarding our longterm 2012 Volkswagen Beetle's sunroof shade, and probably a more vociferous one regarding such sillyroofs in general.

But at least one of their downsides is a non-issue as installed in this Beetle.

And that is there is just a ridiculous amount of headroom in this car. Even with the dumbroof taking up precious inches, I -- a six-foot, one-inch guy that's all torso -- have inches of empty space above (and perhaps in) my head. Vast headroom seems to be a VW thing, as I recall our GTI having a similarly tall-dude-friendly nature.

That's one less thing to gripe about with these unnecessary affectations. Now if they could just do something about the added mass at the worst possible location, the negligee-like sunray-blocking ability, the general uselessness, the way it degrades chassis stiffness...

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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