2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo: Just One Question
November 23, 2012
Where's the damn ESC-off button?
On the VW Beetle, even this Turbo model, it's nowhere to be found. In fact, you can't even turn off the traction control. Of course this bothers me, especially for testing purposes when we're running numbers.
But with most VWs we've tested recently, even if they have a "stability control-off" button, the system still isn't fully defeatable anyway.
So does it really matter?
Utilizing a response that I usually can't stand: Yes and no.
Yes it's a problem when you exit turns aggressively, because as soon as the front tires spin up at all, the traction control system starts cutting power. This is where a traction control-off button would come in handy.
No, it's not that big of a deal because a) it's a Beetle, it's not like we're talking about a performance machine here, and b) the stability control system has pretty high limits, especially with the new Continental ContiProContact tires we have on it now. You have to be seriously charging hard to get the system to freak out on corner entry.
So while I'm always a little miffed when the stability system can't be defeated...in this case, honestly, not that big of a deal.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 9,772 miles.