2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Cool and Unnecessary
December 26, 2012
This is really an oversized fuel gauge. You'd have to be a champion dimwit to miss this thing descending toward empty. It's needlessly big, it consumes otherwise useful space in the gauge cluster, it's analog, and personally, I think it's cool as ice. It's a small detail very much in line with some historical notion of Beetle-ness.
That's a convoluted way of saying that the Beetle, for whatever its merits and deficiencies as an automobile, has never lacked style. Some of this style was readily apparent when Beetles came off the line, and some of it we're only now appreciating in retrospect.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ around 11,700 miles.