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Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

The lines are familiar but the powertrain is in the latest Volkswagen Beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is a looking for fun in the sun in all the right places.

spring in the air and summer just the corner, we decided to throw to the wind and reacquaint ourselves this retro classic. We a 2013 model.

According to historians, the Beetle convertible can its roots back to about The original Beetle convertible, by insiders as the Type 1, was sold in America until 1980. In Volkswagen introduced the New Beetle, a that bore a strong to the original but with a modern and powertrain.

Today’s model is a of the New Beetle but VW now just calls it the Beetle. Are you confused yet?

Regardless of the name, there is no the overall shape of the top-down The main difference most will immediately notice is the top.


Volkswagen has always to the beat of a different drummer it came to the tops. For eons, every convertible came a top that consisted of a single of fabric. VW had better ideas, their cars with a top that included a generous of insulation. This made for a quieter and comfortable car in the winter, as the top heat better than Unfortunately, because of all of the material, the top was bulky when folded. the top down, drivers couldn’t see out the

While the three layers are there, in the new car the engineers have able to reduce the bulk and room behind the rear to tuck most of it away and is much improved.

Convertible don’t need to park to their tops. A press of a rolls down all four and drops the top in under 10 seconds. It a bit longer to reverse the process. is also a tonneau cover for the top for a more finished look.

The car had the engine in the back, but today’s is up front. This leaves a but useable trunk for groceries or blankets. The back seats 50/50 to extend cargo The releases for the seat backs are in the trunk for greater security.

We drove a 2013 as the 2014s arrived. The main difference the two is the powerplant. The 2013s come a 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine. In buyers have a choice of a or 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine.

The engine comes with one transmission, a six-speed automatic. A looking for a more spirited experience can select the Sport or shift gears manually. A would upshift by pushing the gear shift lever and downshift by pulling it backward.

I VW went with the smaller for improved fuel economy. Canada rates the 2013 at 9.8 per 100 km in the city and 7.3 on the highway. The 2014 in at 8.5 and 6.1 respectively.

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

I haven’t driven a VW equipped the smaller engine yet, but the has been a fixture in various for a number of years now. It can be in the Golf, Jetta and Passat.

The is smooth with just power to make things when desired. The six-speed features a manual shift when left to its own devices, is The German engineering shines on back roads, when the suspension coupled with a rear end makes for secure and fun

For 2013, the Beetle Convertible in two trim models, Comfortline and Our tester was the former. Surprisingly, the base trim level a high number of desirable features: alloy wheels, the power top, air conditioning, system and a full suite of equipment.

The cabin looked brighter in our because the dash, steering and other trim pieces finished in the same cheery paint trim as the exterior. The is contemporary without being styled. Everything was logically with a cubbyhole for the cellphone, with power to charge it. are two glove boxes and elastic on the door pockets to secure items. The Bluetooth switch was the control in an odd location, on the roof, to the power top switch.

The car has two cup holders the front seats, but if the armrest is it covers one of the openings. The convertible is a There is a bit of legroom in the back as as the front occupants aren’t too

With the top down and a good playing on the radio, it’s to find fun in the sun in the Beetle Convertible.

© Times Colonist

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

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