2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
Why Buy the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible?
Car articles will tell you there are few cars as iconic as the Volkswagen Beetle. The long history of the People’s Car is well documented. The beetle has gone from cultural icon to counterculture icon, and back. It’s been discontinued. It’s been resurrected. But if you’re considering buying one, you’re not looking for a history lesson. You’re looking for a practical guide to what’s new, what’s good, and, specifically, how the convertible stacks up to other convertibles out there. Read on–because that’s what we’ve got for you.
What’s New for 2018?
Good news for those who like small and sporty: the Volkswagen Beetle has a new engine. Say hello to the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Better yet, the 2.0-liter is the new standard option, replacing the old 1.8-liter. What does that mean for drivers? Well, the power output isn’t much different but observant drivers will feel a little more oomph. You’re also looking at a new six-year warranty. In case you’re wondering, that’s not just good–it’s almost unparalleled in its class.
What’s Good about the Volkswagen Beetle?
Thanks to its turbocharged engine, the Volkswagen Beetle is pretty punchy, delivering good acceleration. The ride is also soothingly smooth and the steering is responsive. On the other hand, some critics think its automatic transmission isn’t as responsive as one might hope and the gas mileage, 26 city and 33 highway miles per gallon, isn’t great for its class.
With styling as iconic as any car, the Beetle remains immediately recognizable. No hard creases, no unnecessary details. The Beetle lives in a bubble world. Chances are, if you’re considering a Volkswagen you already like its style. But take a closer look and you can see some of the recent innovations to the Beetle’s exterior. Overall, its sheet metal is a little less rounded and the folding roof is a little more streamlined. The interior is beautiful and it’s great as a two-seater, because the back seat will feel cramped to all but the most petite adults. Kids, though, may find their place in the Beetle.
What Can You Tell Me About the Convertible?
First of all, the convertible is always an option, available on any of the four trim levels. You get a power-operated soft top for at least $4,000 more. That fabric top, with the right care, should last as long as the car. But it’s easily replaced if damaged or worn.
You will be amazed at how folding the roof makes the subcompact Beetle feel spacious. You might not even mind the cramped back seat with the top down. On the other hand, you’ll sacrifice some cargo space, with just 7.1 cubic feet instead of the 15.4 in the coupe (have to make room for that convertible top!). And get ready for cabin noise to increase, even with the top on. Still, on a sunny summer day, there’s nothing like driving with the top down.