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2013 VW Beetle TDI

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Review

(0 Stars)  A faster, more efficient, more fun Bug.

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New For 2013
The third-generation Beetle debuted for 2012 with a more muscular stance and a retro design. New this year are a diesel-powered Beetle TDI and a convertible model available with the same three engines as the coupe. The new Fender Edition features a Fender premium audio system, a sunburst-style dashboard, Fender logos, special seat stitching, brushed chrome mirror caps, xenon headlamps, and eighteen-inch wheels.
Overview
The Volkswagen Beetle is based on the Golf, a car that offers a superb balance of comfort and superior driving dynamics. However, the base Beetle has been stripped of its multilink rear suspension and electric power steering. Instead, it has a less sophisticated torsion-beam setup in the rear and overboosted hydraulic power steering. Power for the base car comes from the 170-hp five-cylinder that is peppy but somewhat gravelly at high rpm. Fortunately, there are better options. The diesel four-cylinder is capable of returning up to 41 mpg on the highway. The Beetle Turbo is as poised and engaging as the GTI that inspired it. Its steering weight is superb, the suspension is firmer without being jarring, and prodigious power comes from the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The base Beetle uses a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic; the Turbo and the TDI raise the engagement factor with a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic that delivers crisp, speedy shifts. The Beetle’s interior features slick body-color accents and the simple, intuitive controls that Volkswagen is known for. There’s enough headroom for six-footers in the rear but only enough legroom for small children. If you’re a sucker for style, the Beetle is a smart small car with substance beneath the surface.

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2013 Beetle TDI Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 2.0L in-line 4 DOHC
Diesel fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 28 MPG city, 41 MPG highway, 32 MPG combined and 464 mi. range
Diesel direct fuel injection
14.5gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 140 hp @ 4,000 rpm; 236 ft lb of torque @ 1,750 rpm

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'13 VW TDI Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Windows
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Trip Computer
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Heated Wiper/Washers
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Navigation System
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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Wheel Locks
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