16 Test Drive: Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

By: Sarah Platt
By: Sarah Platt

It's a car that seems to cross all ages and genders, unpretentious and cool: the Volkswagen Beetle. And, this year's summer version capitalizes on an old favorite, but with a fresh look.

Riding in style
With the hot days of summer upon us, there isn't a better way to get around town than in a spruced up VW convertible bug.

"You'll notice that everybody tends to smile at you, and even though this car has been around for a awhile, it still stands out and is fresh to people when they go by," says Matt Mitchell of Gurley Leep Motorwerks.

However, don't let the top down fool you. Mitchell says the beetle will do just fine year round, rain or shine.

"It moves quickly enough that you can put it up at a stoplight, so it starts raining, you can put it up," says Mitchell. "It's an insulated top. You could drive this car year-round, (with) front wheel drive, (and it's) great in the snow too."

The four seater is also serious about safety, equipped with four airbags and it's own ESP traction control system.

For those of you who aren't a fan of the windblown look, one of the nice features about the vehicle is it has it's own windscreen to block all of that.

Mitchell says for every bug, past and current, drivers have a story to tell.

"Most of our customers come in and said I owned one in 65 or 66, and always are happy to share those stories," he says. "A lot of them are surprised that the engines are now in the front and not in the back, even though it's a convertible, you do have some good trunk space."

Options, options, options!
As for the price, Mitchell says the beetle convertible ranges in cost from the low 20's into the 30's.

Also, from mellow yellow to Aquarius blue, there are several color options for you to choose from.


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