2012 Volkswagen Beetle: I Like It, But It Doesn't Really Suit My Lifestyle
July 05, 2012
I enjoy driving our long-term Beetle. Highlights for me include the heritage-based exterior styling, the quick acceleration from the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, the distinctive interior design and the expansive amount of customization available. It's a cheerful small car.
However, as I'm a parent with two young children, it probably won't come as a surprise to hear me say that our long-term Beetle doesn't really fit my lifestyle.
By this I mean on a theoretical daily use and practicality standpoint. Mostly, it comes down to the hassle of dealing with kid shuttling duty (lugging my one-year-old in and out of his rear-facing safety seat was particularly not fun) and the Beetle's petite luggage area.
For me, I'd end up getting a four-door GTI or a GLI if I were buying off a VW lot. I'd lose a lot of personality, but that's the trade-off. Still, I think it's cool VW decided to keep going with the (new) Beetle, as it puts most of the Golf and Jetta's appealing qualities into a much more stylish package for those who want it.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @3,210 miles