2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Fender Flair

July 09, 2012


I was a little skeptical about Fender supplying (or at least lending their name) premium audio in Volkswagen vehicles. After all, they're not known for audiophile-grade components, they're known for kickass guitars and helping to push rock n' roll to new heights.

After a little listening session, though, I can say it's a pretty decent system.

It's not going to knock your socks off or really make anyone say, "wow, this sounds amazing," but it certainly won't cause much regret having it bundled with the sunroof and navigation package. It produces moderately clear highs and a decent punch down low. Really, the only detractor to the system doesn't have to do with the system at all. It's the amount of road noise that intrudes into the cabin.

But what I find really impressive is the special edition Fender Beetle that comes with the brown sunburst Stratocaster dash trim. That. Is. Awesome.


Of course, I had to take it further, so I but together my VW-VH special edition. That. Is. Awful.


Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 3,240 miles

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