2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
by Dave Stall

2013 Volkswagen Beetle ConvertibleVolkswagen has a newly redesigned Volkswagen Convertible that is stunning! Previewing at the LA Auto Show with all the bells and whistles, the car did not disappoint.

While I was in Santa Monica for some test drives Volkswagen brought out three vintage convertibles from the 70s, totally restored and a blast to drive. Funny how everyone has a VW story – mine was a 1957.

One of the outstanding features of the 2013 Beetle Convertible that stood out in my mine was the speed  f the convertible top. It takes only nine seconds down and 11 seconds up with auto latching (no more pinched fingers). Driving down the road, if itstarts to sprinkle or rain, just slow down to 30 MPH and raise the top.

Another feature worth looking at is the Fender sound system from – yes, the guitar manufacturer. They had the idea of placing all the speakers in front of the driver and passenger, no speakers in the doors or rear so it’s just like a concert with amazing sound quality.

Like nostalgia? The Volkswagen has three retro models – the 50s, 60s and 70s. The 50s is a black convertible with baby moon VW hubcaps. The 70s is baby blue with denim interior treatments and comes in gold and copper colors.

2013 Volkswagen Beetle ConvertibleThe car has a 2.5 liter inline five-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and gets 21 MPG city and 27 freeway. The Turbo produces 200 horsepower and gets 21 MPG city and 30 freeway. The TDI Diesel ranges 29 MPG city and 41 freeway. These numbers are with a manual transmission. The automatic will be slightly different.

Pricing is very competitive. The convertible starts out at $24,995 and can climb to $32,295 depending on the combination of engines, transmission and features.

Was there anything I didn’t like about the Beetle? No. Volkswagen massaged the body with a sporty look, comfortable seats, and it’s as quiet as a coupe thanks to a three layered top.

Anyone who loves driving with the top down needs to put the VW Convertible on their list.

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