Finally, a Use for Those Silly Door Straps - 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Finally, a Use for Those Silly Door Straps

March 14, 2012

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

I use door pockets a lot. As I prefer to leave the console compartments and/or cupholders for road snacks (power bars, sliced apples), my key cards and the phone, the door pockets typically hold the wallet, the wet naps and the various papers and brochures that seem to come out of nowhere.

As you probably already know, instead of a traditional door pocket that you can just plop stuff into, the Beetle has what is essentially a shelf with a wide, elastic belt to hold stuff in. But the open space under the belt that means smaller items can just spill out. Up until recently, I thought this design looked cool but was about as usable as a screen door in a submarine.

But all is not lost, as this would-be pocket hides a well-designed bottle holder. It's angled slightly towards the front, which makes the bottle easy to grab. That previously annoying, seemingly repurposed jock strap thing does a great job holding the bottle snug. No rattling around and interrupting the sweet sounds of satellite radio.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor


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