Be a Sport - 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo: Be a Sport

October 22, 2012

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For around-town driving and until you get up to cruising speed on the freeway, Sport mode is really the only way to fly in the Beetle. I know chronic use of Sport affects fuel economy, but without it, the car is considerably less fun to drive.

After looking at the most recent Big List of Fuel Economy, I suspect I'm not the only driver who's shifting into Sport. We're getting 21.3 mpg in the car. The EPA's combined figure is 25 mpg. Keep in mind that the Beetle takes 91 octane, so our Sport habit is costing us extra.

Maybe a compromise is in order: Sedate use of Drive during the week, party with Sport on the weekend. If this was your car, would that work for you?

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @6,425 miles

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