Despite Volkswagen attempts at authoritative the Beetle added developed through exoteric architecture cues, I’m not abiding any bulk of redesign will change the feminine qualities of the Beetle Convertible — but I abiding wasn’t agitated by its girliness.
What is a Volkswagen Beetle Convertible?Essentially, the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is a Beetle after a top. Appealing simple, really. This latest bearing of Beetle was redesigned for 2011. A aftereffect to the New Beetle (introduced in 1997), this Volkswagen Bug offers up added developed cues and architecture language, as able-bodied as a bit added of a acknowledgment to the aboriginal Beetle.
The Convertible alternative of the new bearing of Volkswagen Beetle wasn’t appear until 2013 alongside the coupe.
2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Price and SpecsThe Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is attainable in two trims, Comfortline and Highline. My accurate tester (dressed to the nines) was the Highline trim that ensured the Tornado Red/Nutria Beige Roof colour admixture and starts at $31,740. After abacus a Technology amalgamation to the mix (which adds in the must-hear Fender audio arrangement as able-bodied as aeronautics and a few added goodies) my tester’s final account came to $33,030.
Along with a topless ride, you get VW’s 2.5L inline 5-cylinder agent – which is already actuality replaced with the new 1.8L I afresh tested. The agent is acceptable for 170 application and 177 lb-ft of torque, and is handled via a 6-speed automated manual with Tiptronic action approach — admitting no paddle shifters are available.
The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet’s top drops in aloof 10 seconds, which is appealing fast. With the roof bankrupt you lose no block amplitude and rear afterimage is still attainable (unlike addition cabriolet I afresh drove…)
Driving the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle ConvertibleThis drop-top is a bang to drive. Thankfully, the sun absitively to appearance for a few canicule while I was abaft the caster so I was able to absolutely adore the Beetle Convertible’s fun-in-the-sun nature.
I’m blessed to address that the new 1.8L agent in the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is aloof as agreeable to drive as the 2.5L. Both are active and responsive, but let’s focus on the 2.5L. The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is blessed to rev aerial aback pushed, captivation out on accouterment aback needed. However, about boondocks it is as calm and accommodating as you’d appetite it to be, with seamless accessory changes.
I did ambition for paddle shifters. I animosity shift-lever accessory changes in automated cars, so didn’t use it at all. However, Volkswagen’s 6-speed manual was affable abundant that it was never abashed about accessory selection, no amount what the situation.
Handling in the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is additionally absolutely good. Compared to the hard-top alternative of the Bug, the Convertible loses a bit of its all-embracing stiffness, but not abundant to account affair or alike be noticeable, really. The agent feels buried and good, alike aback pushed.
Inside and Out of the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle ConvertibleThere’s no abstinent the Beetle went through a added blowing columnist this time around. While still absolutely “bubbly” to attending at, the added advancing advanced face and angular rear advance a added audacious nature, and accomplish the car attending a bit speedier, too.
Maintaining the appearance and contour of a agent is adamantine aback you cut the top off, but Volkswagen managed absolutely able-bodied with the 2013 Beetle Convertible. Alike topless, the ambit of the roof is “visible” and the agent loses not an ounce of character.
The 17” admixture wheels, as able-bodied as assorted chrome accents and the adventurous rear addle-brain (standard on either trim level) add to the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible’s personality and added avant-garde appeal. I absolutely admired the red/beige colour combination, as able-bodied as the red inserts throughout the berth (which some anticipation was a bit much).
Top up or bottomward there’s absolutely a bit of amplitude in the berth of the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, alike the backseat can be adequate for an developed (and a babyish bench fit after trouble). My alone ache is with the trunk, which isn’t advanced or abysmal abundant to fit alike an awning stroller.
Comparing the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle ConvertibleThe abutting antagonism that anon comes to apperception is the MINI Cooper Convertible. However, the MINI drives abundant bigger than the Beetle. You could additionally cross-shop with a Mustang Convertible, which offers a altered affectionate of appearance and appearance abaft the wheel, and a bit added amplitude in the aback as well.