2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo: The Low Rumble
October 16, 2012
In the six months we've had the Beetle Turbo in our lot, we haven't gotten around to its ride quality and quietness. Engineers call this NVH, for noise, vibration and harshness. So how is the Beetle on the road?
Our Beetle Turbo has the optional sport-tuned suspension, but the ride quality doesn't really suffer as a result. You can still feel every bump and rut in the road, but there's no annoying harshness. At least to me, there's just enough initial compliance to cancel out the initial jolt from a pothole.
In terms of road noise, you can definitely hear the tires rolling on pavement. It's muffled to a low rumbling on most surfaces and gives the cabin a sort of hollow sound. The good news is, the road noise never gets to the point where I'd call it intrusive. Wind noise, on the other hand, was never really detectable.
What I really like, however, is the growl that comes from the engine. The turbo lag at the bottom of the revs, I can do without. But all things considered, I wouldn't have any problem logging some serious miles in the Beetle on a road trip.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor