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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

At a Glance

Pricing $24,995 - $32,295
Drive Types FWD
Engines 2.0l I4 T, 2.0l I4 T D, 2.5l I5
Transmissions A6, M6, SM6
Fuel Economy 21-28 (city), 27-41 (highway)

Our Ratings

Velocity Index 62

Overview Information

It's hard to approach the status of the Beetle. Only a couple of cars on the road have similar lifetime sales numbers and few have the instantly recognizable shape of the Beetle. Introduced in 2012, the third generation is longer, wider and has an overall more aggressive look. A power-retractable, soft-top convertible model re-joined the lineup in 2013. Modern Beetles are front wheel drive with the engine in front. Beetle powertrains include an inline five-cylinder engine and a turbocharged four cylinder. The turbocharged Beetle with 200-horsepower and a six-speed dual clutch transmission should be quick enough to turn some heads. In today's market, Scion, Hyundai, and Kia provide the kind of value that the original Beetle was known for, but a unique combination of heritage, style, utility, and fuel economy should help keep the Beetle on some shopping lists.

What Changed:

The Beetle lineup adds a convertible model for 2013. The Beetle convertible has power-operated soft-top with a glass rear window. Powertrain options mirror those of the coupe. The base engine is a 2.5l inline five-cylinder. Upscale models equip either a 200-bhp, 2.0l turbocharged four-cylinder engine or a fuel-efficient diesel.

Official Word:

The latest Beetle has been an instant success for Volkswagen since it went on sale in September 2011 as a 2012 model. And that success will continue with the introduction of the Beetle Convertible, the sportiest and most dynamic version of the iconic softtop seen so far. Ever since the type 15 Convertible from 1949, the Beetle has been one of the most popular open-top cars built. More than 330,000 examples of the first Beetle Convertible...Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Beetle Convertible 2.5 2.5l I5 (170-bhp) A6 FWD 21/27/24 55 $24,995
Beetle Convertible 2.5 Technology 2.5l I5 (170-bhp) A6 FWD 21/27/24 55 $26,695
Beetle Convertible 2.5 Sound/Navigation 2.5l I5 (170-bhp) A6 FWD 21/27/24 55 $28,495
Beetle Convertible Turbo 2.0l I4 T (200-bhp) M6 FWD 21/30/25 62 $27,795
Beetle Convertible Turbo 2.0l I4 T (200-bhp) SM6 FWD 21/29/25 62 $28,895
Beetle Convertible Turbo Sound 2.0l I4 T (200-bhp) M6 FWD 21/30/25 62 $29,195
Beetle Convertible Turbo Sound 2.0l I4 T (200-bhp) SM6 FWD 21/29/25 62 $30,295
Beetle Convertible Turbo Sound/Navigation 2.0l I4 T (200-bhp) M6 FWD 21/30/25 62 $31,195
Beetle Convertible Turbo Sound/Navigation 2.0l I4 T (200-bhp) SM6 FWD 21/29/25 62 $32,295
Beetle Convertible TDI 2.0l I4 T D (140-bhp) M6 FWD 28/41/34 55 $27,895
Beetle Convertible TDI 2.0l I4 T D (140-bhp) SM6 FWD 28/37/32 55 $28,995
Beetle Convertible TDI Sound/Navigation 2.0l I4 T D (140-bhp) M6 FWD 28/41/34 55 $29,195
Beetle Convertible TDI Sound/Navigation 2.0l I4 T D (140-bhp) SM6 FWD 28/37/32 55 $30,295