2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle: The Best Bluetooth

January 30, 2013

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Over the years I've paired my iPhone to the Bluetooth of hundreds of cars, from entry level models to exotics that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Last night, however, was my first time Bluetoothing in our long-term 2012 VW Beetle Turbo. It could not have been easier.

In fact, it may have been the best Bluetooth experience of my life. While most cars have you changing screens and digging into menus, the Beetle found my phone before I had even asked it too. I put in the four digit code and the phone and car were paired within a couple of seconds. It was so quick and effortless I thought I had forgotten to do something. I hadn't.

In the past, phone pairing in Volkswagens was like the U.S. Senate, completely frustrating and rarely successful. But no longer. Telematics are only going to get more important as we move down the road, and now VW leads the way.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 14,001 miles


  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    This should be how all phone-pairing is. Interestingly, I had a similar experience in the rental Equinox I'm driving around in for a couple days. All I had to do on my phone was click "connect" and it was ready to go. I was making a call within seconds. If this is the future, bring it on.

  • ttbuyer ttbuyer Posts:


  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    Just a general comment on the Equinox. Other than decent visibility (for an SUV), bluetooth pairing ease, and a well-damped ride, this vehicle is lousy. Underpowered, inefficient, infuriating transmission (constantly gear hunting, and a nearly eternal pause during shifts followed by a hard engagement of the next gear), and a "hood open" warning every five seconds despite the hood being firmly latched. I know that has nothing to do with the Beetle, but I wanted to follow up.

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