2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Seat Comfort After 29 Hours
November 05, 2012
Full disclosure: I've almost gotten to the point of disqualifying myself from evaluating seat comfort. Advancing age and dwindling time in the weightroom have left my glutes incapable of withstanding far too many average-quality driver seats -- without complaint, that is -- on typical 3-to-4-hour drives.
Over a period of 62 hours, I logged nearly 30 hours in the Beetle's driver seat (plus another 4 hours in the car I drove while in Santa Fe). Aside from the fairly generous bolsters on the seat-back cushion, the base cloth seat doesn't look particularly special. But the seat-bottom cushion is long enough to provide good thigh support, and the cushioning is firm enough that I could go 6-8 hours before I'd get all whiny. And even then, since I was alone in the car, nobody had to listen to me.
Based on this experience, I give the Beetle's driver seat a passing mark. If you're shopping for a small car, and seat comfort is a priority for you, and you're too late to get a Volvo C30, the new-new Beetle is worth considering.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 9,112 miles