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2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI

When I got into the Beetle TDI for the first time I was sitting to a Volkswagen representative. I thought to “oh won’t this be cute.”

I to smile a bit and “ooh” and “ahh” the Beetle through my teeth. To my though, I found myself liking the little German as I pulled out of the parking lot and accelerated the street.

It was raining the morning of my drive. And on that cold, January Oregon morning – to the of my Los Angeles-based co-pilot – I insisted we drop the ragtop and give the the beans. With the heat on and the seat heaters similarly we ripped around the grey of northeast Portland.

I know I say about a lot of cars; but I genuinely expected much.

The last Beetle, the “New as it was called, was kind of, well, It looked like a toy and overstayed its With a flower vase on the it was no wonder so few men bought the things – from muckraking documentarian Moore. Why that oversized bought one is beyond me, probably so he complain about it in one of his books. I

The New Beetle was stupid and I didn’t it. I expected to feel the same for new one. But strangely, I didn’t.

week, I found myself behind the wheel of that Beetle Convertible. It was fitted the six-speed manual that was to the turbocharged 2.0-liter TDI “Clean engine that produces 140 and 236 pound-feet of torque.

What’s about this combination is it is not only seriously quick; also extremely fuel-efficient. The EPA has the Beetle Convertible TDI to achieve in the city and 41mpg on the highway. fuel economy figures it the most fuel-efficient convertible in the

The interior of the Beetle Convertible is yet elegant without being cheap. Volkswagen designers given the 2013 Beetle a vintage feel.  But some added performance like the three analogue that jut up from out of the center of the

My tester had a white and black While the dash was definitely VW designers still find a way to include a color touch-screen Bluetooth connectivity through I could stream my music my iPhone. The song I chose to ad nauseam was Justin Timberlake’s Tie.” Don’t judge – it felt right.

Behind the with the spunky Beetle with the cold wind around me and the stereo bumping, I myself falling in love the diesel-powered eco-friendly ‘vert.

I I’ve harped on this but when automakers take the off a car, they typically its handling. To my surprise, the Beetle hugged the road like it was off to war. The electronic power was also unexpectedly precise and enough feed back I felt keenly connected to the If I didn’t know it was a front-wheel car, I could have mistaken it for all-wheel, as under-steer was undetectable.

I’ve heard people about the unrefined sound of engines. Their derision has merit. In the Beetle Convertible I felt the grind of the diesel was comforting and the turbo whine

Unlike the other VW ‘vert, the the Beetle Convertible is downright The base 170-horsepower gasoline-powered starts at $24,995. My TDI-powered starts at $27,895, which – its fuel economy and fun factor – is a

I had expected to be underwhelmed by the Beetle based upon my feelings of its But its combination of incredible fuel-efficiency, yet retro looks, affordability, and all drew me in.

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So here’s the bit where I either the Beetle Convertible a “yea” or That’s a toughy. On paper, a knockout. And yet I can’t quite myself to give it a full of approval.

Here’s why.

One I went out the Beetle Convertible TDI and it start. I unlocked it, got in, held the button and it cranked and cranked and and cranked. I furrowed my brow and again. Nothing. After a few of swearing, I got out, locked and the car, got back in and it finally

Sometimes when I’d come to a the TDI engine would spit and and it felt like it was going to Nothing I did remedied it and it seemed to and go without warning.

At the Detroit Show this winter, I got an argument with an old journalist for her to make overarching claims a car’s reliability based her single week experience a car. She had called the Dodge unreliable in a review because the gas had faltered on her. I argued using anecdotal information to an unknown entity like a new car as unreliable was negligent journalism.


It’s this mindset has left me here, scratching my about the Beetle Convertible. Was it for me? Kind of. Do I know all Beetle will be that way? No. it bother me anyway? Yes.

Let me be reliability concerns only into play for me when I’m a car. Lord knows I have a problem with cars. I once owned a Rover Classic and a 1960s concurrently.

I figure, though, buy convertibles to feel alive. nothing like fury of a showroom fresh convertible to your spirits alight.

So if you’re the kind of person who a fuel-efficient, great handling, convertible, that could well infuse a bit more adventures into your you absolutely must get the Beetle

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