2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Slippery Sills

February 13, 2013

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Unlike those of the New Beetle (capital N), the door sills in the new Beetle (lowercase n) are not painted the exterior color. I think this is disappointing from a design stand point, but the gloss black sills that seem to be in every Beetle are still a nice bit of flair.

Now, on longer drives, I often like placing my elbow up on a car's door sill. If it's flat, that's perfect, and Volkswagen is one of the better carmakers at providing this. The Beetle is no different, but that gloss black makes it slippery and therefore hard to keep my elbow up there.

I know, first world problems.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 14,267 miles

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Volkswagen Beetle in VA is:

$140 per month*
* Explanation