Loud Road Noise - 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Loud Road Noise

February 7, 2013

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

There's quite a bit of road noise that makes its way into our Beetle's cabin. It's a low boomy rumble. Normally, road noise doesn't bother me, but this was so intrusive I had to turn up the volume on the stereo to try to drown it out. And even that didn't do the job to my satisfaction.

Tires obviously have a lot to do with road noise, as does the surface they're rolling on. In testing the Beetle registered 67.7 db at 70 mph. Our Focus ST by comparison turned in 64.7 db. That 3-db difference doesn't seem like that much until you look at something like an Audi A8L that was crypt-quiet at 61.8 db.

In any case, I'm a bit disappointed. The Beetle would certainly not be my first choice for a long road trip.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 14,075 miles


  • I wonder how much of this is due to the change to those continental tires on the retro styled wheels...

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    Check the tyre pressures. Some "helpful" person may have bumped the pressures right up.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    Did anyone else notice that Edmunds reverted to the old style of InsideLine?! As for the noise, you have two choices if the tires are indeed the culprit. You can either change the tires for some that have a good reputation as being quiet, or you can try to sound insulate your wheel wells. For the latter, I've heard of people spraying a couple of coats of truck bedliner in there. I'll also recommend Second Skin's "Spectrum Sludge" if you're (or anyone else) is really serious about it.

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