• (4.5) 56 reviews
  • MSRP: $8,592$20,464
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 23-32
  • Engine: 140-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (diesel)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual
2013 Volkswagen Beetle

Our Take on the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle

Our Take

Volkswagen redesigned its Beetle hatchback for the 2012 model year. Sporting more retro cues than its predecessor, the Beetle can have either of two gas engines or a diesel, the latter of which gets up to an estimated 41 mpg on the highway. Competitors include retro hatchbacks like the Mini Coop... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Base engine gas mileage
  • Folded backseat not flat with cargo floor

Notable Features

  • New convertible model
  • Gas or diesel power
  • Beetle Turbo now makes 210 hp
  • New Beetle Turbo R-Line model
  • Manual or automatic
  • Optional navigation system

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

People will cozy up to the redesigned Volkswagen Beetle convertible for the same reason they like Furbies, pugs and YouTube toddlers: It's cute. It's also better in many ways than its predecessor, which went eight model years without a redesign, but beauty is only sheet-metal deep. The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle convertible has plenty of throwback flair, but once the groovy wears off, the... Read full review for the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle

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Consumer Reviews

4.5

Average based on 56 reviews

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This Is Not Your Wife's Beetle

by Keane1 from Springfield, MO on December 7, 2012

Talk about an upgrade! My wife owned a 2002 Beetle and the 2013 blows it away! Sporty, fast, handles great and the technology is very advanced. All for less than 30K! Fun, Fun, Fun to drive...and you ... Read Full Review

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Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Beetle 2.0L TDI

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Beetle 2.0L TDI

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
A
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

Free Scheduled Maintenance

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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