If you’ve written off the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle as “more of the same in a slightly restyled body,” you’ve missed the entire point behind VW’s redesign of the beloved Beetle last year.
While the previous generation “New Beetle” quickly wore out its welcome with a dated shape and odd interior packaging, the 2013 Beetle is a much cleaner design that no longer feels like a rebodied Volkswagen Golf. The lines are truer to the original, too, which makes it far more timeless in our eyes.
The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle is hardly “one size fits all” when it comes to available engines and packages. A Beetle convertible joins the fold this year, as does an eagerly-anticipated turbodiesel model, which is also available in topless form.
Budget permitting, the Beetle TDI would be our first choice. Its impressively-smooth 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine delivers an EPA estimated 32 mpg combined (28 mpg city and 41 mpg highway) with the six-speed...