2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Kissing Bumpers

June 01, 2012


This is not what the owner of a new car wants to see: a scratched-up car parked a finger-width away from your (nearly) shiny bumper. OK, so I'm not really the owner of our long-term 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, and the offending vehicle isn't even touching our car, but still. This is why we can't have nice things in the city.

I do have to say, though, that I've found the Beetle's curvature does make it a bit of a challenge to parallel-park. From the driver seat it's difficult to tell where its bumper ends so I'm always compelled to get out of the car to check how far I am from the other car.

Maybe that was the above Impala's issue with our car as well. Of course, this probably wouldn't be a problem for an actual VW Beetle owner who would grow accustomed to its dimensions.


They're nearly kissing here! (BTW, the VW has since been washed.)

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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