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2013 Volkswagen Beetle

Published July 11, 2012

Even the name Volkswagen can induce a coma for most people. And unfortunately the stereotype of VW owners being spoiled yuppies wearing slim fitting workout tights sipping a nonfat decaf latte on their way to a yoga studio tends to hold true all too often. According to consumer reports there also doesn’t seem to be any basis for the ongoing myth that Volkswagens last forever and until the end of the universe. The original Beetle and the old VW bus synonymous with hippies from the 60’s, those were cars that were dependable and incredibly simple in design and easy to work on. They were solid and tough as tanks and perhaps that is were the myth of the longevity of the Volkswagen comes from.

But other than those cars the rumor just doesn’t old true. Every person I’ve ever known to own a Jetta or a Passat has sadly watched it disintegrate into a rusted out shuddering pile of noisy stinky garbage or burst into flames due to electrical issues. I kid you not. Also there is nothing even remotely inspiring about their design. It’s almost like Volkswagen felt it was too good for their original car. But the Bug’s success and cult like popularity is in all likelihood why Volkswagen decided to invigorate their lineup with the Beetle again several years ago.

Which brings us to the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle. This latest model seems to hold even truer to the original classic lines of its predecessor but its shied away from the cutesiness. The 2013 VW Beetle seems to have matured and has taken on a slightly more serious tone, its lines flirting a little with its Porche cousin. Including the interior. Gone is the flower in the dash and even the two tone color scheme seems to have matured in nature as well. The dash and drivers display have a more sport oriented.

The 2013 Beetle TDI is equipped with Volkswagen’s 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four putting out 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque reported to get fuel efficiency rating of 29 mpg booting around the city and 39 mpg for highway driving. Depending on the driver’s preference the buyer can option between the available six-speed manual transmission or the DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The 2013 Beetle will be available in three trim levels. The base TDI coming with such features as standard leatherette seating surfaces, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, keyless entry and start. The TDI has an eight-speaker audio system and iPod and Bluetooth connectivity. The second trim is the TDI with Sunroof that obviously comes with a panoramic sunroof but is also given a premium touch-screen audio system and a six-disc CD changer. And the premium TDI package comes with the same sunroof but in addition there’s an impressive 400-watt Fender-branded audio system and subwoofer as well as a touch-screen head unit with navigation.

The competition is very steep for the Volkswagen Beetle and its $24,000 price tag will still have more budget conscious buyers hovering about and kicking the tires a bit longer. But in the end the retro day, stinky hippy, peacenik loving hipsters are going to want this car. Along with those who want to be a part of Volkswagens Beetle history.

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Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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