2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo: The Fender Edition

February 25, 2013

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo

I am not a fan of wood trim. Actually, I'm not a fan of wood trim in cars not hailing from Great Britain. That being said, there's something about the Beetle Turbo Fender Edition I spotted at the Chicago Auto Show that is very cool.

Yes, it's a wood trim, but its guitar finish is so convincing that I think it most definitely works with the Beetle's vibe. A big chunk of plastic wood would've looked terrible, but I think this works because of the black portion that provides a transition between the coldness of the surrounding black plastic and the warmth of the wood. The fact that it's unique adds a certain cool factor as well.

I sort of wish our Beetle Turbo was a Fender Edition, though I think I could probably live without those extra gauges added to the 2013 Beetle Turbo.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor

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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