2013 Volkswagen Beetle Review By Kelsey Mays — Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

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Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

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By Kelsey

People will cozy up to the Volkswagen Beetle convertible for the reason they like pugs and YouTube toddlers: cute. It’s also in many ways than its which went eight years without a redesign, but is only sheet-metal deep.

The Volkswagen Beetle convertible has of throwback flair, but once the wears off, the grumbling

Redesigned alongside the Beetle which arrived a year the Beetle convertible has a power top and three available engines, a four-cylinder turbo and a diesel TDI We tested the base five-cylinder which gets a standard automatic, as well as a TDI. here to compare the Beetle and convertible, or here to read our of the hardtop.

Keeping the Look

A few wider and 7.3 inches longer the outgoing New Beetle convertible like the coupe, has now dropped the the convertible retains the coupe’s profile. Seventeen-inch alloy are standard, with 18s optional.

Now automatic, the powered top latches and itself from the windshield rather than relying on a release. Our test car’s top took just 11 seconds to and 15 seconds to raise, including the The power-folding top stores in a compartment from the trunk, leaving room at an uncompromised 7.1 cubic That’s less than the space in the hardtop Beetle, but it the previous-generation convertible’s 5 cubic not to mention other small from Mazda, Mini and Another plus: Volkswagen the last Beetle’s center in favor of a proper split-folding seat.

Alas, the trunk opening is so you have to wedge small in, and the lid dumps leftover rainwater into the cargo bay. you like your groceries Want a better trunk? Get a Mustang convertible; it has nearly 10 feet of space and no roof with a larger opening to

Clumsy Drivetrain

The base five-cylinder engine chuffs quicker than the anemic 500c and the non-S Mini but it revs hoarsely, and passing at speeds requires most of the reserves. Climb an on-ramp, and the feels spent halfway up. The automatic helps little, through intermediate gears on its way to or three-gear kickdowns. It evokes six-speed automatic transmissions, expansive choices bred all the of a kid staring down the Lego Some editors noticed too accelerator lag too not good.

The automaker’s mode quells some of the delay by sticking to lower but it comes at the expense of fuel

The Beetle Turbo and its 210-hp, four-cylinder may be the better choice for the (earlier 2013 models 200 hp), which weighs 200 pounds more than its sibling. Volkswagen says it 60 mph in around 7 seconds with transmission. That’s considerably than the five-cylinder version’s 8.6 The weaker engine earns reward in gas mileage, with EPA (21/27/23 mpg city/highway/combined) that are to the V-6 Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro than to Fiat’s and Mini’s Volkswagen says the new, 1.8-liter four-cylinder that 170 hp and 184 pounds-feet of torque will the 2.5-liter engine across VW cars, including the Beetle late in the 2014 model EPA mileage figures are still but Volkswagen reckons the engine boost highway mileage in the percent (read more it here ). As of this writing, we yet to drive any Volkswagen with the new

The Beetle Turbo convertible better mileage than the with either transmission an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined, but it erases gains by recommending premium

The Beetle TDI, meanwhile, with a manual or automatic, of which fall in the 9-second for zero-to-60 sprints. It boasts combined mileage in the low 30s. But on diesel fuel, which is 38 or 11 percent, more per gallon regular unleaded as of this (Differences between diesel and gas vary by region.)

The TDI feels with too much old-school lag before the rush of torque should be familiar to anyone driven a diesel. Perhaps to address wheel-spin, which all too easily as the turbo-diesel four-cylinder’s 236 of torque arrive. One editor he loved the power, but faster progression and stickier rubber our testers Hankook Optimo tires would have its arrival.

A six-speed manual is standard on the Our tester’s optional six-speed automatic can downshift two gears at when you prod the accelerator, but it too long to do just that, and it lurches getting back 1st gear as you come to a stop. has good records for diesel and dual-clutch transmissions, so the TDI’s disappoints.

Sloppy at Speed

ironic that Volkswagen name some of the Beetle trim levels after offering ’50s, ’60s and editions. The oversized steering starts out heavy with power assist, but get up to highway and it lightens into a sloppy, helm the sort you’d get in a era. Insulation, too, yesteryear-bad. The soft-top keeps noise at bay, but adjacent howls away; you’ll checking to see if the windows are shut.

body roll accompanies any steering motions, but if you find a bend, the Beetle hunkers and corners well surprising, the ungainliness heading in. Beetle get a sport-tuned suspension with front stabilizer bars as as a limited-slip differential to improve

Turbos also have front disc brakes, I can only hope improve on our car’s disappointing setup. hard to know where the goes to the smallish disc or to the low-tech, three-channel antilock but the squishy pedal lends stopping power. The five-cylinder and Beetle TDI have the same hardware.

The clumsiness carries through to quality. Despite numerous versus the hardtop Beetle and a 20 percent improvement in rigidity the last Beetle convertible, the car and flexes over manhole and expansion joints, with a undulating ride in between. curious, given the Beetle has an independent rear suspension the base hardtop Beetle’s semi-independent rear.


Given the Beetle convertible’s around $25,500 including the charge the interior feels on gimmicks than quality. paint covers the dash and door panels, and there are metal accents around the compartment and door handles. But a sea of black plastics greets and forearms elsewhere, and the car’s climate controls recall the Jetta’s. Despite the starting the convertible lacks important like vanity-mirror lights or sun visors. Our car lacked the optional armrest, drawing complaints C’mon, VW a $15,340 Hyundai has a standard armrest.

The bungles The grab handles along the sit too far forward to easily reach or use as to close the doors, and editors the steering wheel too far away, good range for the telescoping If you pull the seat forward for a steering reach, the pedals are too Both front seats to their original positions if you let in back nice but they slow crank knobs to the recline. If you plan to share the it’s a drag.

Visibility is another problem. The low hurts sightlines out front, and the rear window most of is obstructed by two massive head in back leaves too much to the imagination. Typical of a convertible, the soft-top requires massive that swallow much of over-the-shoulder view. Put the top down, and the riggings take up much of the straight back. It’s given many convertibles bad top-up visibility improve on when the top is down.

Similar to the Beetle, the convertible’s backseat is for adults. One advantage: If you go over a big your head hits the roof a more forgiving than the glass hatch the hardtop’s backseat.

Safety, Pricing

The Beetle convertible has not crash-tested; because of its structural ratings for the coupe do not carry Standard safety features the required antilock brakes and stability system. plus and side-impact airbags; the latter upward to offer head Standard rollover bars the rear seats deploy if the car tips.

Since its redesign, the reliability has been awful, predicted new-car reliability worse than average. our test car’s incipient it’s hard to see that

The Beetle convertible comes with standard heated (imitation leather) seats, a steering wheel, 17-inch wheels and a pretty good stereo with Bluetooth and audio streaming, and iPod/USB Curiously, a center armrest and audio controls are optional. features come in various packages, as does a Fender which was in our TDI and was very good, one noted. Keyless access push-button start and a navigation are also optional. The ’50s, and ’70s editions add unique side mirrors, wheels and themes. The ’60s edition as a sort of range-topper, running the low $30,000s. That’s not so groovy money buys a well-equipped V-6 convertible.

Beetle Convertible in the Market

the first half of 2013, sales are up a handsome 67 percent; in the car now outsells Volkswagen’s Golf/GTI Shoppers should have no finding a Beetle convertible: new-car inventory shows the makes up 55 percent of all Beetles. But the competition first; the last convertible prioritized looks drivability and practicality. Its successor on the latter, but the pretty face asks for too many compromises.


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