Eco-cool - 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo: Eco-cool

November 25, 2012


So we're leaving this fancy place in Yountville that is the Disneyland Hotel of the Napa wine country, the happiest place on earth for people that like hanging around wineries.

And the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo is looking like it belongs here, especially with its newly installed retro-style wheels.

As it turns out, the Beetle expresses all the reasons that people come to the Bardessono. It has the sound, restrained values for which plenty of people are looking, yet it's done with the style and personality that you'd find in Porsche, not a transportation pod.

It's easy look a bit sideways at a hotel like this, which grows its own vegetables, gives you carbon-fiber bicycles to ride, and cleans and recycles its water, but these are all really good things. And it makes sense to build a car for the slice of the automotive market that might like transportation with the same kind of personality.

I sometimes get the feeling that there are people who would really like to make the Beetle a kind of hot hatch. But that's the mission statement of the GTI and the Golf R, and the Beetle doesn't really measure up, even with a turbocharged engine.

Instead maybe we should think of the Beetle as a carbon-fiber bicycle. It can be trick and it can go fast, but it should always remember that it's a bicycle at heart.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, @ 10,426 miles

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