Road Trip Wrap-Up - 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Road Trip Wrap-Up

December 07, 2012

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After five days in the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle I've gotten to know it pretty well. Basically, I love the way it drives.

Here are a few specific pets and pet peeves to share.


Here's what I like:

  • The looks, at least in black.
  • The throaty baritone exhaust note.
  • The look of the interior, except that the shiny black surfaces are dust magnets.
  • The handling, though the suspension might be too firm for some.
  • The fuel efficiency. I got about 33 mpg on the open road.
  • Voice recognition dialing.

Here's what I don't like:

  • The price: $28,265 is too much for this car. Maybe a four door GTI instead.
  • Having to fill up with 91 octane.
  • Poor rear visibility.
  • Limited cargo space.

Philip Reed, Edmunds Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 11,893 miles


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