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Driver’s Seat: VW Beetle big enough but balky

By Scott

2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI . Fun and fuel efficient.

Price . which gives buyers a transmission, navigation package, leather seats and manual

Marketer’s pitch . Let the outside in.

wisdom . likes the styling; powerful turbo or diesel engines; well-made and interior; lots of features but of the unrefined base engine; tag can soar with options.

. Definitely fun in the sun — especially if not wedded to a manual transmission on that later).

Up to speed . week we put down the top and threw on the for a ride in the MX-5 Miata great fun, small, of thirsty. This week, we see if money on fuel while a couple of extra passengers can be as

Friends and stuff . In theory, the MX-5 Miata and four-seater aren’t even a comparison. In the back seat is not all that. The sit close together, and fixed take up the middle. We attempted to Sturgis kids 1.0 and 4.0 plus a potted plant off to Grandma’s, but up.

Trunk room, on the other is not bad at all for a convertible.

Back in time . All is when the start button is The TDI in the Beetle plays from the songbook as the old air-cooled version. so eerily similar I kept why I heard it from in front, and not behind. This is the first Volkswagen has mated its sippy engine to the convertible top. idea.

Peppy pullouts . The torque of the engine also brings memories of the air-cooled versions. not that slow, but it has a similar of movement in its sweet spot as my old named Thunderbolt.

Shifty . The transmission is fun to shift. The dashboard shows what gear in, and not just when to upshift a really nice touch.

But I a week with the Beetle and was that I never could get arranged with the pedals. I had to sit close to accommodate the long throws and my right foot up on ice from being bent up too

Stall city . In addition, the was super touchy and the engine to rev slowly, so I stalled this more times that I to count. (In contrast, I never the Mazda6.)

Most buyers opt for the shiftable automatic, and I’d that.

On the curves . It is still fun to though. It’s not quite Miata level for fun of on country but it’s still a treat, as Volkswagens are.

Inside . and exit are super easy the top is down. With the top up, getting in the seat of this two-door surprisingly little pain and Front-seat inhabitants almost a bigger challenge, especially if the car is in a tight spot. Like the passengers sit forward and must the door fairly wide.

The seats are comfortable though.

The cubby over the glovebox is a touch. Color coordinated panels harken back to the old A little storage under the is just that.

Outside . a Beetle. Convertible. It’s And mine came in robin’s egg Everyone notices.

Interface . The are easy to see and easy to read. The has a few external buttons for ease of Volkswagen’s aim to simplify cockpit Success.

Looking out . Visibility is in most directions but rearward can be a tough. With the top up, changing and passing can be an adventure on par with the

Slick weather . The soft top an OK job of containing outside noises, wind and rain. Handling in the can be tough to compare but this one prone to wanderlust. I drove it a downpour and was surprised at how much around it did.

Fuel economy . Just 39 mpg in a mix of highway and suburban driving.

Where it’s built . Mexico.

How it’s built . The Beetle joins the Mini S, Volvo C70 and Infiniti G convertible on Reports’ least recommended cars and convertibles.

In the end . If you like a toy will last without the MX-5 Miata is the right If fuel economy, more weather usefulness and a little room are your thing, the TDI makes sense. (A gasoline and a turbo also add different of power and fun.) Just sure your legs fit the cockpit before buying a

Scott Sturgis, a freelance writer, can be reached at .


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