BoldDrive: 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 60s Edition

In general, the new new Beetle was designed with the man in mind. A few sharper lines, a few manlier trims and overall a well-made piece of German engineering. But the new new Beetle hasn't turned out to be the man-soaked coupe that the company had imagined- at least, not yet. While the Turbo trim is indeed very nice and assumedly fun enough to zip around, other trims seem to fall behind. Especially the convertible. For the most part, the Beetle convertible did have healthy-enough sales in the last generation (mostly female we're guessing) to keep them afloat, but it looks like the latest Beetle just doesn't have a leg to stand on. Exterior 63%

BoldDrive: 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 60s Edition

If we're going to start with looks, we're going to start with the fact that is looks like a Beetle, of course. Albeit, more modern Volkswagen looking- if that makes any sense. Also, it was the horrible puke yellow which I can not stand, but the black rag top did ease the pain a bit. Top down, as a straight man, it was hard to keep from grinning uncomfortably. Ya know, cuz it's still a Beetle. And then one time I drove around with my shitzu in the passenger seat and things got really weird. Uncomfortable stares- uncomfortable stares all around. Interior 72%

BoldDrive: 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 60s Edition

Inside was actually a pretty nice place to be. Going for that whole modern-retro thing, there's loads of bright yellow plastic covering the dash and center console, complimented by some simple black leather. And the main theme of the 60s edition came in the form of a Fender stereo which had about five volume settings (note: turned knob too fast, destroyed right eardrum). The center console was virtually unusable, which was annoying as hell. You might be able to fit a pair of glasses in there if you were a 12 year old girl, otherwise, you have to reach over to the glove compartment for things and such. Performance 60%

BoldDrive: 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 60s Edition

Naturally, the Beetle convertible isn't a performance car, per se- although you can opt for a turbo option. Actually, I much rather would have liked to have driven that over the monstrously slow 2.5L engine. Every acceleration felt like I was constantly driving over a family of slugs. Like those big yellow banana slugs. Yeah you know what I'm talking about. While the engine might have needed a little pep in its step, it was generally thrifty enough for the average buyer and returned somewhere in the market of 25 mpg (rated at 27 highway). But the turbo does return a little over 30. And it's faster. And better looking. And a turbo. Practicality 68%

BoldDrive: 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 60s Edition

Sure, we can call it practical if you want. It has four seats room enough for four normal sized people. It has a trunk big enough for things. And aside from the lack of center console which kept me up at night wishing harm on the engineer responsible for such an atrocity to all of humankind, it went sort of okay. And like I said before, the engine was thrifty enough with 25-27 highway mpg. And the automatic transmission- albeit as responsive as my grandfather's libito - was pretty average. Fun 74%

BoldDrive: 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 60s Edition

The one thing that the Beetle really does have going for it is that it really is a fun car. Not necessarily in terms of performance or drivability, but just that fact that you have a big yellow grinning Bug in your driveway. I giggled at this car more than I have in any other. Sure, with the top down I looked like the type of person who would attend Magic Mike. Opening Night. Alone. Who cares, I was smiling having a damn good time with the wind in my hair and my Fender stereo system blasting something not up to par with most Beetle owners. It was a minor-blast from the past. Exterior: 63% Interior: 72% Performance: 60% Practicality: 68% Fun: 74%

Overall: 67%

Make: Volkswagen Model: Beetle Convertible 60s Edition Engine: 2.5L 4-Cylinder HP: 170 MPG: 21/27