2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test


2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Attention to Details

March 22, 2013

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Car salesmen say, "The feel of the wheel will seal the deal" meaning that the test-drive will sell the car. With this 2012 Volkswagen Beetle it is the feel of the wheel, and many other little details, that convinces you it is a cut above the competition.

When you get in and out of a lot of different cars, you develop a sense of which ones were cheaped out and which ones were designed with a sense of fun and imagination. To prove my point, I'm going to mention two details that are representative of the level of care found throughout the cabin.

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

It's hard to see, but there are very comfortable thumb notches in the steering wheel. And that's not all. As your thumbs rest securely in the notches, your fingers are touching the paddle shifters. And they aren't just any paddle shifters either. They are, for some reason, slightly ribbed. This provides a nice tactile sensation as you bump it down into a lower gear or come out of a curve and reach for a higher gear.

Now, here's my point. Some designer, somewhere thought of adding those ribs, then had to justify the extra expense to his cost-cutting colleagues. Here's a message to that designer, and designers everywhere: We noticed. We like it. Sometimes, it's the little touches that set cars apart. As they say, "God is in the details."

Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 15,991 miles

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Volkswagen Beetle in VA is:

$140 per month*
* Explanation
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