Not Girly Anymore - 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

2012 VW Beetle: Not Girly Anymore

January 24, 2013

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

In the 1960s and '70s people who drove VW Beetles were generally too stoned to care that they were driving one of the very worst cars on the planet. Yes, they were durable and cheap to fix. And a good Bug beat walking. But that's about the nicest thing I can say about the original Beetle. Although building a Baja Bug and doing the 1000 old school is appealing.

Then we got the New Beetle back in the '90s and VW created the ultimate girlymobile. Driving one wasn't an unpleasant experience, but it was the automotive equivalent of a mani pedi.

And now we have the new New Beetle, which is a different animal all together. Not only is it a great drive, it no longer comes standard with an honorary membership to a sorority of your choice. VW has manned it up. Not a ton, but just enough.

Our long-term 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is a butch as they come with its black paint and turbo engine, and I like driving it. But more importantly I don't emerge from the car with an unexplainable desire to watch the Lifetime channel and follow Ryan Seacrest on Twitter.

The VW Beetle isn't girly anymore. Mostly.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 13,994 miles


  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    Although I completely agree that the last generation Beetle was overly feminine, I am little concerned with the "one of the very worst cars on the planet" comment. Nobody thought that it was extremely fast, really comfortable, or stylish, or advanced... But it's simplicity and reliability outsold any other vehicle ever, a fact lost on today's industry in my opinion. It shaped culture and became an icon. Please, please go talk to some "old-timer" about a Beetle or 2CV (I don't think that those came to the U.S.) to really find out what these little things were all really about, you'll get some great stories! I apologize for that rant but I really don't think most of your first paragraph is worthy of an automotive journalist.

  • cjasis cjasis Posts:

    Sorry Scott... the VW Beetle remains very much a girls car.

  • noburgers_ noburgers_ Posts:

    Only the Turbo prevents the car from being a estrogen storage box. When you see it in person is when the fm factor is confirmed. Give me a Golf over "style" any day. And I agree with quadricycle--far from being the worst car on the planet (those were either Fiats, French cars, or Vega/Pinto in the day). Cheap is more like it, not lousy. I just remember the miserable climate controls (non-existent heat, defrost, etc.) noise, and slowness, and, I think, the battery under the back seat? But the Bug went through snow like nobody's business, and almost anyone could take out the engine/trans and perform major service.

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    @quadricylce, I agree that the original Beattle was fun in its own way to drive, and inspired many a mechanic, so there must have been something good about it!

  • COME ON EDMUNDS!!!!! Lets completely take the girly factor away with a Stage 1 Tune from APR!!! That and a Cold Air Intake with for sure add a lot of Testosterone!!!

  • ttbuyer ttbuyer Posts:

    You are kidding's still VERY girly.

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