2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test

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edited September 2014 in Volkswagen

image2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test

Ample torque in this Beetle makes up for a sluggish transmission.

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  • agentorangeagentorange Member Posts: 893
    "With an overeager transmission I feel compelled to thread my way through traffic. " Really? Are you driving the car or is the car driving you?
  • quadricyclequadricycle Member Posts: 827
    Sport mode holds the gear longer and isn't good for fuel economy? If that's a problem, don't turn it on...
  • huybuihuybui Member Posts: 0
    I drove in D mode when I was commuting, S mode at the track. It worked well enough. Not perfect though. D mode wasn't as smooth as an auto, S mode did not shift at the right points. That is the problem with VW's DSG. Software programming left it imperfect in either mode. I hated manual mode because it will upshift for you at redline, paddles too small, and +/- on the knob itself is not oriented naturally. I tried to get DSG tune and it was only available for 08 and older at the time.
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