2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Cargo Capacity
April 10, 2013
Magrath was in the process of figuring out the logistics of getting the original tires put back on our long-term Porsche 911. It was a little more complicated than usual since the wheels and tires wouldn't fit in the car. In a flash of brilliance, we decided to swap the tires ourselves in our shop and take care of the Beetle's tires at the same time. Its time with us is drawing near and we needed to return it in original spec.
I wasn't all that confident the Porsche's tires would fit in the Beetle. At first, I tried rolling them all in there vertically, but the rearmost tires wouldn't allow the hatch to close. Instead, we settled on the configuration shown above. It worked just fine, though that center tire would roll forward under braking and give my shoulder a shove.
In the end, I was a bit surprised they all fit as easily as they did. Hooray for hatchbacks!
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 17,672 miles