Pack It Up, Pack It In - 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

2012 VW Beetle: Pack It Up, Pack It In

June 18, 2012

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I was signed out for the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 this weekend, but come Friday an urgent message went out saying that the person driving the Beetle needed something with more than four seats. I happily volunteered to swap as I so rarely need more than two (three if Maggie goes on an adventure).

Per Murphy's Law, however, I was called upon to drive five people to dinner Saturday night. D'oh! Wife's Mazda 3 in from the bullpen I guess, but with three dudes on board (At 6-foot-3, I was shortest), it was just a wee bit tight. The old 2.3 wasn't exactly at its punchiest either. A 470-hp Jeep would've been useful.

Come Sunday we were bound for Target and Petco. I went with the Beetle this time, and as the above photo shows, the trunk required a good bit of Tetrising to make almost everything fit. A pair of pillows and two picture frames still needed to the ride the pine. A 5,000-pound Jeep would've been more useful, but not necessary. At the same time, the Beetle's far more useful than alternative/cute hatchbacks like the Mini and Fiat 500.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor

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