2013 VW Beetle Convertible TDI

I managed to snag a test in the 2013 VW Beetle Convertible in the last nice weather days in Chicago. So, I did plenty of top-down driving and thoroughly enjoyed my week. One thing I noticed with the top down, however, is that the TDI engine was really loud. After having driven a recent spate of TDIs by Audi and VW, I was kind of surprised by this. It wasn’t  a deal-breaker by any stretch of the imagination, just louder than I would have liked.

Everything else about the Beetle Convertible, though, was pretty awesome. Top down operation was under 10 seconds — and there were no clips, locks or latches to deal with. I liked the peppy ride and handling. And even I managed to get decent fuel economy with 34 mpg in combined (read: lots of city) driving. EPA estimates city/highway fuel economy of 28/41 mpg.

Cargo space was a bit small with a very narrow opening. There was a little more to the storage than just the bit under the opening, but it would be a tight fit for rollerboard luggage. Backpacks and gym bags (and the occasional Ciminillo) fit just fine.

Base price: $28,495

Cargo volume: 7.1 cubic-feet

Ciminillos: 4

2 thoughts on “2013 VW Beetle Convertible TDI

  1. Four Ciminillos in that barely bigger than a breadbasket of a Beetle TDi cabrio trunk?

    Did you take out the tonneau cover and the wind diffuser caddy.

    How about the rear seat back. Was it folded.

    Had you just run a marathon?

    BTW “Girl in the Trunk” looks great. Keep up the good work.

    Like the category…cute cars.

  2. Thanks, George! There’s actually more room than meets the eye in the Beetle Convertible. The opening is narrow, but there’s more inside.

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