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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 the “New Beetle,” as it was called, was of, well, lame. It looked a toy and overstayed its welcome. With a vase on the dash, it was no wonder so few men the things – aside from documentarian Michael Moore. Why oversized American bought one is me, probably so he could complain it in one of his books. I digress.

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 Auto Show winter, I got into an argument an old journalist for her willingness to make claims about a car’s based upon her single experience with a car. She had the Dodge Dart unreliable in a because the gas gauge had faltered on I argued that using information to mark an unknown like a brand new car as unreliable was journalism.

It’s this that has left me here, my head about the Beetle Was it unreliable for me? Kind of. Do I know all Convertibles will be that No. Does it bother me anyway?

Let me be clear, reliability concerns come into play for me I’m recommending a car. Lord I don’t have a problem unreliable cars. I once a Range Rover Classic and a Fiat concurrently.

I figure, though, people buy to feel alive. There’s like fury of a broken-down fresh convertible to bring spirits alight.

So if you’re the of person who wants a fuel-efficient, handling, retro-style convertible, could very well a bit more roadside adventures your existence, you absolutely get the Beetle Convertible.


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