2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

2012 VW Beetle: Great Steering Wheel

June 20, 2012

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Volkswagen Group knows how to make a steering wheel. The one in our Beetle is just another example of this knack. The wheel looks vaguely retro inspired, and its rather thin rim speaks to that. However, that rim is also sculpted so that when you turn it shuffle-style, it's contoured to fit your hand. The spokes at 3 and 9 are indented to fit the meaty base of your thumb. The flat-bottomed wheel, while a drawback to some, is a boon to those with long legs. You know, those like me.

So, kudos to the wheel. Pity about the steering it's connected to.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 2,338 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Volkswagen Beetle in VA is:

$140 per month*
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