2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
In sunny southern California, it’s drop top weather all year ‘round. And that’s exactly where we soaked up some first drive impressions of the third generation Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, redesigned for 2013.
It sits on the same wider, longer, and lower platform of the latest Beetle Coupe. Slight chassis mods stiffen things up a bit and we found little body shake to complain about.
Top down this Beetle looks like a rocking good time, although the shape, like the latest coupe, is a little beefier than before. The power top hops up and down in about 10 seconds, at speeds up to 31 miles per hour, and stores without blocking rear vision like its predecessor. As before, twin roll bars hide behind the rear seat, which folds for added cargo room.
Engines match the Coupe. The base 2.5-liter 5 cylinder connects to a 6-speed auto, and rates 170 horsepower. We prefer the 200 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo, and the torque-y 140 horsepower 2 liter turbo clean diesel. Both offer a six speed manual for quick sprints; just expect a funky hair day upon arrival. Overall fuel economy is up too, with the manual turbo diesel rating 41 highway MPG.
Along with standard and premium trims, 50s, 60s, and 70s era launch editions are available. Each features mirrored wheel caps, colors unique to each decade, and specific powertrains. The 2013 Beetle Convertible starts around $25,000 with decade trims going as high as $33,000.
Price: Starts around $25,000