I Have A Beetle Convertible For The Next Week

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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.


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.

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.

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Jeff Glucker

The one to have with the Beetle convertible is the diesel... think about how rare that car is for a moment.

Convertible, diesel, available with a manual gearbox, sold in the US.