2015 Beetle Convertible 1.8T Review

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The Volkswagen Beetle is one of the most recognizable cars to ever hit the roads, and this is why the German automaker has maintained its bubble shape for decades with minor, yet seemingly drastic, changes. Over the years these changes have turned the car into quite a refined and affordable car, and the 2015 Beetle Convertible 1.8T is a perfect example this.

The example we test drove for a week was finished in a Tornado Red paint, with a Titan Black Leatherette interior. The look of the car, right off of the bat, was exactly what you’d expect from a Beetle. However, the one design cue that did catch my eye was the dashboard, which was finished in the same paint as the exterior, contrasting nicely against the black interior.


For being such a small car, it offered plenty of room in the front seats, while the room in the back was less desirable. That being said, you can still fit two adults back there pretty comfortably. However, you can always drop the top if you need the extra room, but that’s a bold move in the ever-changing weather here in Florida.

The power of the small turbocharged 1.8-liter engine was surprising enough. It can get away with the small engine on its own due to the car’s light weight and small size, but add a turbo on and you’re getting a little more power for added fun. The handling on the car was great thanks to the front-wheel-drive system, Servotronic speed-variable electro-mechanical power steering and incredibly tight turn radius. If you’ve ever had problems getting through traffic or parking in your current car, just know you won’t be having those issues in the Beetle.


If you are looking for a sporty car that is compact and stylish, odds are you have already thought of the VW Beetle. I’m here to tell you that the 2015 VW Bettle Convertible and Coupe are both great choices. They are well-priced, efficient and just plain old fun to drive.

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