I'm not especially blown away by it so far.

This is a 2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible R-Line. It has the 2.0-liter turbo engine and the six-speed DSG. You might think it's a more fun-looking GTI with a droptop, but it's not that. I don't find it very compelling to drive, at least, not yet.

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There's also the matter of the price tag: $35,915 as equipped here. GUH. The Beetle R-Line 'vert with sound and navigation starts at $34,875, in case you're curious. I had no idea a Beetle could get that pricey.

Things I like: It doesn't look bad, 2.0T has decent punch, Fender premium audio system is pretty good. Also, I like the wheels. VW always has good wheels.

Things I don't like as much: It doesn't feel as quick or as sharp as a GTI, it's far less practical than a Golf, seats are flat and uncomfortable, it definitely doesn't feel like a nearly $36,000 car, I'd rather have a Beetle GSR for less or a Golf R for that price — or any number of better $36,000 cars.

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While Austin isn't buried in snow like much of the rest of the country, we're expecting overcast skies, rain and temperatures below 50 over the next few days, so I don't know how much top-down time I'm gonna get in it.

Expect a review next week. In the meantime, feel free to ask me some questions.


Contact the author at patrick@jalopnik.com.