Aura Argument - 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Aura Argument

September 14, 2012

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

The flight from San Francisco was supposed to land at 8:30 last night. Then it was 9:20, 9:30 and finally, 9:55. I had timed my arrival at LAX for my passenger pick-up as closely as I could to match the delays, but I still had to do the ritual once-around. Traffic teemed, made that much worse by a terminal construction project.

The Beetle is a maneuverable little critter, which helps in situations like this. But I also think that people cut it slack that they don't extend to other marques. The car radiates humility and kindness, and while the parting of traffic waters fell short of biblical proportions, I got more breaks than I would have had in a BMW (for example). Either that, or those turn-signal thingies really do work.

Do you accord certain brands more courtesy than others? And is it the car -- or the driver?

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @5,496 miles

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