2013 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L inline 5 cylinder from North America
Great styling, comfortable
Some sort of engine part broke into pieces and got stuck in the timing chain, throwing the timing off, causing quite a problem. Thankfully it happened about a mile from the VW dealer and was covered under the powertrain warranty. Glad I wasn't on a road trip in the middle of nowhere.
The best thing about it is the styling. It is rather polarizing; some people might hate it, and others love it. People talk to me almost every time I go to the gas station and sometimes the store. Everyone seems to have an old Beetle story. I really do love the styling.
And it's amazingly comfortable, in the front seats. Not so much the backseats, I can't imagine anyone actually fitting in there, but it is possible. Even though I am tall, it's really easy to get in and out of, and has a really spacious feeling interior. Recently I drove a 2017 Golf Sportwagen for a week while my Beetle was getting fixed and the interior felt so much more cramped than my Beetle, much more difficult to get in and out of, and seating area was so narrow. The seats in the Beetle are very comfortable; I can drive all day and not feel fatigued. The interior is good looking and functional. Ambient lighting at night and you can even change the color, red, blue, white. A fun little gimmick. Love the panorama roof, though I am surprised it doesn't open as far as you would expect.
It's fun to drive, maybe a little softer than some other VWs I have owned. Suspension is a little floaty and soft. Power with the 2.5 is adequate, not bad if you really wind it up. Probably the easiest manual transmission car I have ever driven. Clutch pedal travel is a little long, but the shifter is excellent and smooth.
I'm conflicted about whether I want to keep it. It's not a bad car, but given the mechanical problem recently, and the fact I had another VW recently that was almost new and in the shop for 6 weeks at only 20k miles, I am questioning VW dependability. I have had 3 VWs in the past 3 years; the 2 made in Mexico were very unreliable. The one that was made in Germany was absolutely flawless and completely trouble-free however. Maybe that's just a coincidence.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th October, 2017
15th Oct 2017, 03:38
Nicely written review.
Generally speaking, VW quality is spotty.
My cousin has been a loyal VW owner for 20+ years, and she admits, it gets expensive at times. Keeps coming back, though ;)
It boils down to charm vs. appliance-like reliability (e.g. Honda/Toyota).
Make your move :)
16th Oct 2017, 18:24
Might be speculation, but I wonder how the air cooled early models would have fared vs current water cooled models with emission standards today. I owned air cooled early and have praise. Anyone care to comment?