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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Review

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The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle is the Beetle to end all Beetles. A redesign of the New Beetle, which took the place of the iconic ""Bug,"" the 2013 Beetle has a plethora of modern conveniences packed into one classic, compact, streamlined Volkswagen. The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle is available as a coupe or convertible, and now features a clean diesel version, the TDI. There are three models: the base model 2.5-liter, Turbo, and TDI. Each has two available upgrade packages: the Sunroof package, which includes more than just a power tinted panoramic sun roof, but some neat audio and interior luxury features as well, and the Sun, Sound & Navigation package, which has all the Sunroof features, plus high tech navigation and premium audio.

New For 2013

One of the newest things about the new 2013 Volkswagen Beetle is that it’s no longer new. That is to say, it no longer includes ""new"" as part of its name. The other big change is the relaunch of the TDI Diesel version of the Beetle, featuring:

  • More aggressive styling
  • Larger body
  • Diesel engine


Part of what makes the Volkswagen Beetle so iconic is its unique appearance, which unlike any other car on the market. For this reason, you won’t find many exterior differences between the various 2013 Volkswagen Beetle trims. The 2013 Beetle is a bit distinctive from its predecessors, with a roof that still calls to mind the classic Beetle shape, while not having such a high, round ""cathedral"" roof, which was present on earlier models. You will find an optional tilting/sliding, tinted panoramic sunroof on the upgraded models, along with 17-inch or 18-inch alloy Heritage wheels, a rear spoiler on the Turbo model, and some extra chrome trim on the TDI. You can also enjoy bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps on the 2013 Beetle.

Interior & Cargo

The base 2.5-liter model offers an interior with V-Tex leatherette heated front seats, power operated, heated side mirrors, and some nice audio, communication, navigation, and entertainment options, including Bluetooth with audio streaming, a Media Device Interface with iPod cable, and a multi-function trip computer. Options include a leather wrapped multi-function steering wheel, SiriusXM satellite radio, Fender Premium Audio, and touch-screen audio and navigation systems. You’ll also find keyless entry and keyless start on the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle. The TDI features a triple gauge display atop the dash for oil pressure, turbo boost, and stopwatch timing. While the Beetle has never been known as a roomy car, this model actually has added cargo space over the old ""New"" Beetle, featuring about 10.9 cubic feet of baggage capacity.


The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle has plenty of features to make this small, sporty car a safe ride, including an Anti-lock Braking System with Hydraulic Brake Assist to help make sure you get exactly as much braking power as you need when you need it. It also includes four airbags, two front and two side, for both driver and front passenger. The electronic Intelligent Crash Response system disables the fuel pump and unlocks the doors in the event of a crash, and front impact absorbing crumple zones help prevent the impact from a head on collision from fully reaching the driver and passenger. Other safety features include electronic stability control and traction control.

Driving Experience

Under the hood of the standard 2013 Volkswagen Beetle is a 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine linked to a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. This will give you 170 Horsepower at 5700 rpm and 177 lb-ft of torque at 4250 rpm. Going for the Turbo model gives you a 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine for 200 Horses and 207 lb-ft of torque. If you’re looking for more serious performance and handing from your Beetle, you’ll want to go with the Turbo, which has a ride-smoothing multilink sport suspension, as opposed to the torsion beam rear suspension in the base model. Of course, if fuel efficiency is what you’re after, you’re definitely going to choose the TDI diesel, which still putts along at a respectable 140 Horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque with its 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine linked to a six-speed manual or six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The TDI offers an impressive 29/39 mpg city/highway, as opposed to 22/31 mpg city/highway for the base model and 21/30 mpg city/highway for the Turbo.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle

  • Honda CR-Z
  • Mini Cooper
  • Scion tC

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