The Volkswagen Beetle, holding the title of the most manufactured car in the world, was introduced in 1938 and was in production for 65 years before taking a short break. The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible holds true to its roots, yet has all the latest updates for comfort, convenience and performance. After taking a 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible for a drive, it’s easy to realize why this car has been and still is such a popular choice. The 2013 VW Beetle Convertible is stylish, zippy, fuel efficient and more importantly is a fun car to drive.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE
The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible comes equipped with a 2.5L in-line 5 cylinder engine outputting 170 HP, paired with a 6 speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and Sport mode. This engine-transmission pairing gives you a mileage of 9.5 L/100km in the city and 7.1 L/100km on the highway. It is unfortunate that the current 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible offers neither a manual transmission, nor a dielsel engine for better mileage. If you are looking for either of those options you will need to go the non-convertible route.
COMFORT AND STYLE
Like the previous Volkswagen Beetles, the new 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible brings a hybrid modern/retro feel to the interior cabin. Retro style glossy color matched panels adorn the dash and accent the interior, while modern button and lighting design complement the retro look creating a hybrid modern/retro feel. Tasteful LED lighting (with three selectable colours – red, white and blue) accents the interior features at night giving the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible a mobile lounge feel.
For a small looking car on the outside, the interior looks enormous for the driver and front passenger. Lots of legroom and plenty of headroom from the rounded roof give the appearance of a very roomy interior. Unfortunately the rear seats don’t offer any real space for adult passengers. Even the the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle is a convertible, you can’t tell from the interior due to the beefy thickness of the roof, which helps keep out exterior noise, wind and moisture.
Although the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible still holds true to its roots, the built-in modern technology should be welcomed with praise! The automatic roof can be raised or dropped within 10 seconds with the push and hold of a button (even while driving at slower speeds). No need to fumble with latches, roll down windows or tie down a dropped roof – everything is now automatic.
With the roof down on a sunny day, the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible opens up to the nature and sky surrounding the car and instantly puts smiles on its passengers’ faces. Also, unlike many other convertibles, the trunk space is unaffected by a dropped top and still offers room for quite a bit of storage.
If you desire a modern looking car with history, character and a unique design, the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible should definitely make it to your short list. Three main reasons to consider the 2013 VW Beetle Convertible as your next car (other than the many great reasons mentioned above) are the price, the build quality and sheer fun of driving this modern/retro car. Overall, the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible offers great value for money, has a beautiful design (both inside and out) and is one of the most fun and unique cars we have driven so far.