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2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI

By Steve Wheeler

May 18, 2014

The Volkswagen Beetle Convertible a TDI model that squeezes 41 out of a single gallon of diesel which should make happier than a June bug on a plant. Volkswagen says the TDI Convertible is the “most economical on the highway today.”

Volkswagen its 2013 Beetle Convertible in including three special editions harkening back to the 60s and 70s. Customers have of choices when it comes to the new Eight models are available: the Convertible at $24,995 (automatic), the with Technology at $26,695 the Convertible with Sound and at $28,495 (automatic), the TDI Convertible at (manual), the TDI Convertible with and Navigation at $29,195 (manual), the Convertible at $27,795 (manual), the Convertible with Sound at (manual) and the Turbo Convertible Sound and Navigation at $31,195

Our test bug was the TDI, a fun-as-all-get-out convertible that, like my Super Beetle in college, fuel and just never to run out of gas.

Of course, back in the diesel was for 18-wheelers and farm Volkswagen has been among the in the U.S. in bringing clean diesel engines to the automobile and other manufacturers are following releasing more than a new diesel engines this including in the 2014 Jeep Cherokee and the 2014 Chevrolet

In the 60s and 70s, Beetles were sights on the streets. More 21 million were sold before the Beetle all but disappeared. the Beetle comeback continues.

The 2012 Beetle coupe has on sale for about a year and 67,000 have been globally, VW officials say. The and Passat lead the way in the VW stable for but the Beetle has accounted for about 7 of total sales.

While is nice, the new Beetle ragtop is years ahead of the old air-cooled decades ago.

There are engine options: a 2.5-liter that makes 170 horsepower, a TSI turbocharged 4-cylinder with 200 and the 2.0-liter TDI turbodiesel with 140 and the best torque of the bunch at 236 The 2.5-liter will get 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the the 2.0-liter turbo will get 21 mpg in the and 29 mpg on the highway, and the turbodiesel will 28 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the road.

Transmissions offered include a automatic, a 6-speed manual and a dual-clutch automatic. The dual-clutch available on the turbo models, for much faster and smoother shifts, and has a Tiptronic function to manual gear selections.

The TDI handles well on city and has the power to scoot along in traffic, although it gets a little by the big rigs at highway

It’s roomy, with seating and actually has usable for four. Substantially wider and a longer hood, the Beetle also looks sleeker, away from “cute” and towards “sporty.”

Back in the 70s, you wouldn’t the features available on the Beetle today, things like premium audio, keyless with pushbutton start, seating surfaces and navigation.

Not yet for safety, the Beetle Convertible has a rollover protection system uses the same technology as to deploy in a rollover situation.

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The is also equipped with Intelligent Crash Response that shuts off the fuel unlocks the doors and switches on the lights if the car is in an accident.

With the top up, the provides a surprisingly quiet thanks to a 3-layer soft With the push of a button, the top in just 9.5 seconds, at speeds up to 31 It rises in 11 seconds, and there’s no to latch the top at the windshield either; automatic.

There is no fountain of youth, so the some of us can hope for is to rely on things to remind us how much fun we had in the day.” For “Baby Boomers,” is hot. And with the new Beetle “back in the day” can once become “today.”

2013 Beetle Convertible TDI

Engine: turbocharged diesel


Horsepower: 140

6-speed manual

Test model base $29,195

EPA mileage rating: 28 mpg / 41 mpg highway

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