2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo: Will the Bike Fit?
October 26, 2012
I received a secret mission from Oldham while I was up at Willow Springs raceway attending Danny McKeever's Fast Lane driving school. But in order to carry it out I needed to trade my now-dusty 2012 Subaru Impreza Sport for the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo that Caroline had driven up.
"Fine, no problem," I said. And then I remembered something that had the potential to throw a wrench in the works: I'd brought my mountain bike with me in the back of the Impeza. I would need to fit it into the Beetle in order to drive it home and carry out Scott's master plan.
There was serious reason for doubt. The hatch area is narrow on account of the Beetle styling and ours has the Fender audio system that makes it narrower still. And the rear seats don't have much legroom, which is another way of saying the front seatbacks are kind of close to the back of the car.
As you can see I got it in there, but only after removing the front wheel. The passenger seat needed to be pushed forward a couple inches with the seatback leaned forward, too, so this only works with one person aboard.
Thing is, my bike is far from current. It's a 19-inch hardtail Rockhopper with 26-inch wheels and short-travel Judy forks. I'm not convinced a road bike or a modern full suspension mountain bike with the 21-inch frame I should be riding would fit.
Josh? Mike? Bueller?
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 6,766 miles