Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible First Drive – Full Review of… — Volkswagen New Beetle Cabrio

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By Andrew Bornhop March 1, / Photos by Jay K. McNally

Surprised VW is building a convertible New Beetle? You be. After all, the German has built more than a Beetle and Golf convertibles 1949. And when the original Concept 1 was first shown at the show in 1994, a red ragtop was dutifully by its side. Why, has it taken so long to bring the New Convertible to market?

Well, says it needed time to sure the car was done properly, the requisite structural enhancements and the of a Karmann-designed top that keeps the characteristic rounded roofline It’s also fair to that the delayed intro is way of sustaining buyer interest in the New For the record, a large number of New have been sold 1998 (573,000 worldwide, in North America), but sales in dropped 25 percent compared 2001.

Will this New Beetle reverse the trend? I think it This ragtop 4-seater is with personality. It’s a car, classless like Beetle convertibles in that it bridge socioeconomic groups it’s just so much And at $20,450, it’s hardly expensive than a standard New

What’s more, its structure sound and the car looks great, chrome trim surrounding the area and a folding soft top stacks atop the rear to create the familiar shoe while not obstructing the view The rear seat is a tad narrower the hardtop’s, and in place of the rear is a small trunk #151; enough to hold a couple of duffel bags #151; by a lid not unlike the original Beetle’s cover.

The top itself, in VW tradition, is of a high a well insulated three-layer with a heated glass window. All four side can be lowered with the touch of one and, when the top is in the raised the windows automatically cinch up seals to help keep the New Convertible nearly as quiet as the model at freeway speeds.

A power top #151; which only 13 seconds to open or #151; is a $600 option on the GL but standard on GLS models, which can be ordered with stability Another item worthy of a $250 fold-up wind that can be used only there are no back-seat passengers.

Volkswagen New Beetle Cabrio

On the the New Beetle Convertible feels like a standard New Beetle, supple suspension, natural-effort and adequate if not impressive power VW’s proven 115-bhp inline-4. On my drive in Florida, shake wasn’t a concern, and the wheel, adjustable for tilt and felt free from Credit for the solidity of the structure to a reinforced steering column, tubular reinforcements within the header plus a new rear crossmember.

For added safety, pop-up protection bars are integrated the New Beetle Convertible’s rear the same as those found in A4 Cabriolet. If onboard sensors a rollover is imminent, these Rollover Supports automatically 10.4 in. and join the reinforced header to function as a rollcage.

driving in the New Beetle Convertible a bit odd at first, what with the so far out in front that you half-expect to be hit in the by wind. It doesn’t happen. In there’s only a hint of just enough to remind you you’re in an open-air car but not enough to normal conversation. And though new ragtop VW isn’t exactly a car #151; with all-season tires that squeal the tiniest bit of cornering force it’s nevertheless an entertaining runabout, made all the more by a new 6-speed automatic gearbox shifts are almost imperceptibly The gearbox, which offers manual shifting, automatically to driving conditions and helps highway fuel economy to an 29 mpg.

If you’d like a more New Beetle Convertible, the 1.8 T model 150 bhp arrives in May. By then the sun be shining.

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