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2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Just Enough Room

January 1, 2013

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

There's just enough room in the backseat. And even then, only for short folk. I volunteered to do some Christmas Day shuttling up to a family gathering. Three adults and the Kid in a booster seat in the rear seat. We all fit, but only because none of us are taller than 5'9". Any taller in the backseat and you might be pushing it. The Beetle is definitely no Golf behind the front seats.

A couple of days before, I drove a buddy to the airport. He's six foot, and with his passenger seat slid back to a comfortable position, only the thinnest legs could have tolerated much distance back there.

"I thought you said they redesigned this with dudes in mind," he said. Good point. VW certainly wanted more masculine appeal on the outside. But inside, you're still looking at a car suited more for a quartet of smaller ladies out on the road and up to no good.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 12,600 miles


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