Harsh Opinions - 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Harsh Opinions

December 4, 2012

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Las Vegas. VW Beetle. Las Vegas. VW Beetle.

Somehow these words just don't go together. And the car and this city don't go together either. Yet I am in Las Vegas driving our 2012 Volkswagen Beetle.

It was a great cruiser for the 280 mile-trip, despite rain through the Cajon Pass west of Los Angeles at 3,770 feet. Then, with a nasty crosswind coming into Las Vegas, it was rock solid.

I wish I could say it was a head turner in Las Vegas. But I would be lying. The valets seem curious but basically embarrassed to pull it around. The only good response I had was when I was coming back to the car after a pit spot on the drive here.<

I was taking pictures of the Beetle when I turned around and saw two young guys in hoodies smoking cigarettes. One of them said, "That's bad, man." I nodded my thanks and drove away, watching in my rear view mirror as they ogled the car.

In previous posts I described the Beetle as a bad golf car. For this I was reviled as a bad person (for golfing) and a whiner for pointing this out. Golf and cars solicit harsh opinions. For the record, I don't like the image of a golfer, but I like the game. And also for the record, if you are a golfer, having a trunk that fits clubs crossways, without flipping down the seats, actually is a big deal.

Philip Reed, Edmunds Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 11,290 miles

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