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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: 50's Beetle or Bust by navexcape

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Introduction

I purchased the 50's model Beetle after test driving the Eos convertible. The styling is what ended up selling me on the Beetle. The car was purchased for the female of the house, and after having driven it around I was surprised at how many guys were commenting on how cool it looks. It's way better than the "New Beetle" it replaced. Comparable to the Eos it does have style, where the Eos is more of a box on wheels. All in all they both drove about the same.

Reviewed: 2013 Volkswagen Beetle

2dr Convertible 170-horsepower 2.5L I5 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Why the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle?

Exterior styling

Recently purchased the 50's model Beetle. I couldn't be more pleased with the appearance of the car! I've owned it less than a week and I receive complements on it everytime I've driven it.

Interior styling

The interior of the 50's Beetle is so simplistic it just screams cool. The gloss black accents really set off the chrome trim. The beige leather on the seats and the black leather trimming on the doors and steering wheel fit nicely with the lack of gadgetry that seems to clutter the interior of most vehicles in its class. VW really hit it out of the park with this one!

Powertrain performance

The 2.5L seems lackluster when it comes to strait line acceleration, but whip the 6 speed auto into Sport mode, and the little Beetle is sure to put a smile on your face when conering. I wouldn't consider the 2.5L with the 6spd AT a sporty car by any stretch, but it is deffinetly peppy enough to make the driving experience fun. I liked the styling and test drove the Turbo W/ 6spd manual. It had a lot of go, but not sporty enough that I could pass over the style of the 50's model.

Why Not the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle?

Rear seat room & comfort

The back seat, if you could really call it that, leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe another 3 in. That being said it fits a car seat with my 6' frame in the front seat ahead of it, so it gets the job done. Once the top goes down the interior space seems adequate.

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