Thunk King - 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo: Thunk King

September 17, 2012

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

If you were shopping for a car in the old days -- when you just walked onto the car lot without a plan, drawn by a glimpse of the latest shiny vehicular object -- a sales guy would at some point open the door of the car that had ensorcelled you and then slam it shut. The sound was meant to tell you that this was a solid, well-made vehicle that you should buy forthwith.

Our Beetle has those very doors. They close with a thunk, not a plink. And you (OK, I) have to use a little muscle to push them open. They're a manifestation of the Beetle's transformation from girly car to manmobile.

Do you test the sound of the metal when you're car shopping? Or is that as old-fashioned as tire-kicking?

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @5,685 miles

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