12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible - Saying Goodbye

April 29, 2014
2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible Rear Three Quarters Parked
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Long-Term 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Update - SPRING 2014 (2 OF 2)
Miles to Date: 27,306
""Now that winter has finally released its grip, it’s a shame that the Beetle is leaving us.""
When you last heard from our four seasons 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible, it was busy soaking up the Southern California sunshine after we sent it away to escape the Midwest winter. But when the frigid weather finally broke in our part of the country, our Michigan-based staffers were suddenly eager to get back behind the wheel of our bright-red Beetle.
2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible Rear Three Quarters Desert
Lucky for us, Tim Jennings—husband of editor-in-chief Jean—generously volunteered to make the trek back across the country in the Bug. Jennings reported an incident-free journey, with a few rants and raves to share about the Volkswagen. The 2.0-liter engine’s turbo lag was among his list of negatives, as was the car’s subpar stability in a heavy rainstorm that forced him to slow his pace. But he did find the seats to be reasonably comfortable over a few 800-mile days, and also said that the Beetle made it up Colorado’s steep Vail Pass in sixth gear, a testament to the turbo four-cylinder’s low-end torque.
Now that our year with the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible is coming to a close, the reappearance of the sun has made some staffers remember why they liked the Beetle Convertible in the first place.
“Now that winter has finally released its grip, it’s a shame that the Beetle is leaving us,” said copy editor Rusty Blackwell. For his Easter weekend with the Beetle, he took his two young daughters out for a ride, which meant installing two child seats in back. Although attaching the various LATCH tethers and anchors wasn’t easy due to the lack of wiggle room, Blackwell did report that his family had plenty of top-down fun in the Beetle, although he noted that “lower speeds make things much more pleasant for rear-seat occupants, especially when those occupants are three and five years old.”
2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible Child Seats
For the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle’s last road trip, associate web editor Eric Weiner made a quick jaunt to Philadelphia, where he purchased a convertible of his very own, a 2001 BMW Z3. Since he didn’t have anyone in the back seat, Weiner had no qualms about spending about half of his 18-hour round-trip highway drive with the top down. “If I were to say one thing to sum this car up, it’s that it should be forbidden to drive it with the top up,” Weiner declared. “With the top down cruising on the highway, the Beetle is a lot of fun. The wind isn’t terribly obtrusive with the windows up, and I could even carry on phone conversations using the Bluetooth connection without having to scream. The Beetle is a car that wants you to be happy, and I was definitely enjoying it as I twisted through the mountain passes of western Pennsylvania.”
So our 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible’s twelve-month stay with us is ending on a high note (and with the top down). It’s been across the country and back, and went on road trips everywhere from Martha’s Vineyeard to Milwaukee to Montreal. Stay tuned for the four seasons wrap-up to hear more about our twelve months with the Beetle Convertible.
Body style 2-door convertible
Accommodation 4-passenger
Construction Steel unibody
Base price (with dest.) $28,590
As tested $29,990
Engine 16-valve DOHC turbocharged I-4
Displacement 2.0 liters (121 cu in)
Power 200 hp @ 5100 rpm
Torque 207 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm
Transmission 6-speed manual
Drive Four-wheel
EPA Fuel Economy 21/30/24 (city/hwy/combined)
Steering Electrically assisted
Lock-to-lock 3.0 turns
Turning circle 35.4 ft
Suspension, Front Strut-type, coil springs
Suspension, Rear Multilink, coil springs
Brakes F/R Vented discs/discs
Wheels 18-inch aluminum
Tires Hankook Optimo H426
Tire size 235/45R-18 94H
Headroom F/R 39.3/37.6 in
Legroom F/R 41.3/31.4 in
Shoulder room F/R 55.3/43.1 in
Wheelbase 100.0 in
Track F/R 62.1/61.2 in
L x W x H 168.4 x 71.2 x 58.0 in
Passenger capacity 81.4 cu ft
Cargo capacity 7.1/29.9 cu ft
Weight 3230 lb
Weight dist. F/R xx/xx%
Fuel capacity 14.5 gal
Est. fuel range 350 miles
Fuel grade 91 octane (premium)
STANDARD EQUIPMENT Power convertible roof Sport suspension Fog lights Adjustable interior-ambient lighting 8-speaker audio system Auxiliary audio jack Height-adjustable front seats Heated washer nozzles 50/50-split folding rear seats Cruise control Tilt-and-telescopic steering column Bluetooth Air conditioning Heated front seats
Sound package $1,4090 9-speaker Fender audio system Keyless entry and ignition SiriusXM satellite radio w/3-month trial subscription Leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible - Saying Goodbye
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  • On the road back from California.
  • We're happy to be able to put the top down again.
  • Upon its return, the Beetle gets some spring cleaning.
  • It's not so easy to get child seats into the Beetle.
  • Wind in the backseat becomes an issue above 40 mph.
  • Top-down family fun.

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