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2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test

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edited September 2014 in Volkswagen

image2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test

The designers had fun with the VW Beetle instead of cheaping it out.

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  • cuselancer17cuselancer17 Member Posts: 53
    Agreed Phil! i was at a recent Auto show and the wheel is a huge factor in the overall feeling of a car. For instance, i wasnt impressed at all with the dated wheel in the BMW X5, but the new Audi S5 wheel is AMAZING. totally changes the feel of the car.
  • stovt001_stovt001_ Member Posts: 799
    VW has the best wheels in their class. Cost cutters justify their cuts saying no one will notice if this is gone. No one will notice if that is gone. Individually they won't, but when it all comes together correctly you either feel the quality or it isn't there.
  • darthbimmerdarthbimmer Member Posts: 606
    The 5th generation Jetta was like that. My wife bought one, though she was initially very skeptical of its $5k premium over the competition. Then she sat in the car and test-drove it. "Then I realized the extra money was worth it," she said. It seems from your reviews that with the 6th gen Jetta (introduced a few years ago) VW's cost cutters had their way, cheapening the car so it'd compete directly on price with the main market. Did the Beetle avoid the same fate?
  • cekiziancekizian Member Posts: 0
    I own a 2012 turbo and there are a lot of nice, quality touches..but on the flip side, the manual HVAC controls feel extremely junky and they don't fit in with the rest of the car. I hope they fix that in the next refresh
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