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2014 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Preview

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Pros: The 2014 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible benefits from a rigid chassis that improves steering and handling, making the car very pleasant to drive on a daily basis. The fully independent suspension contributes to a smooth ride. Prepare to enjoy wind-in-the-hair motoring in a neatly finished cockpit with comfortable seats and lots of storage.

Cons: Both the rear seats and trunk are pretty tight, and rearward visibility is a concern with the top up. The base 2.5L 5-cylinder engine is getting seriously old by now, but a new 1.8L turbo could be on the table. Stay tuned...

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

2014 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Price: The entry point to the Beetle Convertible lineup is the Comfortline at $29,075. Next is the Highline at $32,390, and the Sportline at $36,850.

2014 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Fuel Economy: The 2.5L/6-speed combo burns 9.8L/100km in the city and 7.3L/100km on the highway, while 2.0T models achieve 9.4L and 6.4L/100km, respectively.

Improvements and Changes: Gone is the torsion beam rear suspension; say hello to a multilink setup. New colours and amenities have been added. The 2.0L TSI engine's output has been increased.

2014 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Powertrain: Volkswagen offers a standard 2.5L inline 5-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower through a 6-speed automatic transmission. In Sportline trim, you get a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine rated at 210 horsepower with the choice of a 6-speed manual or DSG.

2014 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
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Cargo Capacity: The small trunk of the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible can only fit 200 litres worth of gear.

Safety: ABS, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, stability control, and traction control all come standard. In the event of a collision, the automatic rollover bars and 4 airbags will protect Beetle Convertible occupants.

Comparing the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible: VW's own Eos poses a threat to the Beetle Convertible. Also, check out the Chrysler 200 Convertible, Fiat 500 Cabrio, and MINI Cooper Cabriolet.