2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
By Laura Burstein
On Sale: December 2012
Expected Pricing: Starting at $24,995
Following the Beetle coupe's makeover last year, Volkswagen shows some love for the sun worshippers with an all-new Beetle Convertible. On sale December 2012, the 2013 Beetle Convertible starts at $24,995 plus destination.
Like the hardtop model, the newest drop-top VW is sportier than in previous years, with a long hood and lower roofline Volkswagen designers say is evocative of the Beetles of the hot rod era. The 2013 Beetle Convertible is also bigger than before, with a longer wheelbase and wider track, built on the VW Golf's current platform.
VW stuck with a soft top for the new convertible, which helps to keep weight and price down. It comes with a heated glass window and can completely fold up or down, according to Volkswagen, in about 10 seconds.
Drivers have a choice of three engines. The 2013 Beetle Convertible 2.5L ($24,995) gets VW's oft-used 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that makes 170 horsepower, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It's expected to get 21/27 mpg city/highway. Delivering 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, Volkswagen says the 2.5L can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 8.0 seconds.
The Beetle Convertible 2.0L Turbo ($27,795) features a 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder will be offered with either a 6-speed manual or a dual-clutch DSG automatic. Generating 207 pound-feet of torque, the turbo can accelerate from 0-60 in 6.8 seconds and is expected to rate 21/30 mpg city/highway.
The Beetle Convertible TDI ($27,895) will come with the TDI Clean Diesel 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 140 horsepower and a robust 236 pound-feet of torque, also with a choice of manual or DSG. It's expected to take a leisurely 8.5 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph. Fuel economy on the open road is excellent, and is expected to rate 28/41 mpg city/highway.
Inside, the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible fits four adults and has a 60/40 split folding rear seat, giving the latest version of the iconic car some practicality. The trunk offers 7.1 cubic feet of space, besting the last generation's 5.0 cubic feet.
Three special editions will be available at launch, each paying homage to a different era. The '50s Edition is black with a tan interior. The '60s Edition has a blue jean theme with a denim-like paint job and two-toned seats. The '70s Edition is brown with chrome disc wheels.
The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is expected to be in dealerships by the end of the year. Pricing can skyrocket quickly. The Beetle 2.5L starts at $24,995, but tech options and navigation bumps the sticker to $28,495. The cost of entry for a TDI model is close to $28,000, while a fully loaded turbo will set you back more than $32,000.