Nissan Beetle price
Nissan beetle price
SENIOR MOTORSPORTS EDITOR MAC MORRISON:
For my money, I’d opt for the 1.8 Turbo convertible to save a few grand, or apples to apples in regards to pricing I’d go for the 2.0 turbo Beetle convertible R-Line version which is about identical in cost to a TDI convertible. But the R-Line still isn’t an especially engaging driver’s car, so the 1.8 would likely wind up in my garage without any second guessing on my part. That is, if I was one of those people who simply have a lifelong crush on the cute little Beetle and finds value in feeding that emotion via this rolling fashion/personality statement.
Maddening: For all of the torque available under your right foot, this car’s propensity to stall is the most irritating driving experience I’ve had in I don’t know how long. I don’t stall manual-transmission cars pretty much ever, and I think I stalled this one four times in a 25-mile commute. Thanks to the far-too-light clutch pedal action, feeling the bite point is like walking around in the dark hoping you don’t break a toe. Because there is so little resistance as you release the pedal, it’s difficult to modulate pedal pressure in anything approaching a linear manner, so it basically functions like an on/off switch. And once I finally said fine, I’ll do what is necessary to avoid stalling, I felt like I was slipping the clutch too much every time I had to take off from a dead stop.
ASSOCIATE EDITOR JAKE LINGEMAN:
I only drove this car home and back, but it was through a torrential downpour. I don’t like this car very much, but it was a beast in the rain. OK maybe not a beast, but it dove through the flooding like a sea otter. I didn’t really have any problems until I jumped on a side street with a ton of potholes. It was all flooded, but I didn’t think it would be that deep. It was about 6-8 inches for most of the flood, but I fell into a pothole that was deep enough for water to fly over the hood, windshield and roof. I kept the pedal down and paddled out, but it was a little touch and go for minute.
Otherwise, the seats aren’t that comfortable. It gets good fuel mileage, though, so there’s that.
ASSOCIATE EDITOR GRAHAM KOZAK:
To VW’s credit, this particular car is more economical than I was expecting. I had it pegged as closer to ,000 -- the combination of the convertible top, diesel engine, actual grown-up interior features and a German badge up front usually signal a sticker price fiasco, but this actually seems to offer a lot of value to the right buyer.
I am not, however, that buyer. As with every Beetle I’ve been in, this car raises fond memories in people my parents’ age -- people who can, at a moment’s notice, drop some crazy story about the Beetle their buddy had in high school.
If this were the inflation-adjusted modern equivalent of that Beetle (or rather, the modern equivalent of the new car that would eventually degrade into that Beetle, if you follow), I’d be all for it.
But it’s not that car; it’s a style statement for baby boomers that doesn’t offer a lot of on-road fun or even the original’s charming frugality. To reiterate what I’ve said before, I feel like VW has missed a chance to reinterpret of the few vehicles that can truly be deemed “iconic.” That’s a shame, and it probably prevents me from enjoying what charms the new Beetle has to offer.
EDITOR WES RAYNAL:
Cute car, though, if that’s what you’re into. I like the new lower/wider Beetle shape more than the last gen and also like the diesel, though I’d opt for the VW Group’s outstanding six-speed DSG and save the clutch-operation hassles. No, the car isn’t quick, but a run around town returned 45+ mpg, according to the in-dash mpg number. There’s impressive chassis stiffness for a convertible and I found the ride a nice mix of firm, but not harsh.
VW doesn’t break out Beetle convertible versus coupe sales, but overall Beetle sales aren’t so hot this year, down 2,800 in July alone and 7,600 on the year. So far this year overall VW sales are down almost 33,000 with not one model up in ’14 compared to ’13. Yikes. Maybe the new Golf will help.
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After a brief hiatus, the New Beetle returns for 2012 as just the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle. The new Beetle sports a more aggressive, masculine design more true to the original people’s car than the New Beetle. With its Porsche 911-esque profile, the 2012 VW Beetle is longer, lower, and wider than the outgoing model while still remaining a compact coupe.
At its debut, the 2012 Beetle will have two models, two engine options and four engine options. The base engine in the Beetle 2.5 is a 2.5-liter I-5 producing 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission is a five-speed manual, while a six-speed automatic is available. The base engine in the Beetle Turbo is the same 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 found in the Volkswagen GTI. The turbocharged I-4 produces 200-hp and 207 lb-ft of torque in the Beetle Turbo. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the Beetle Turbo, and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic complete with paddle shifters is optional. A 2.0-liter turbodiesel is slated to join the lineup in late 2012.
The 2012 Beetle’s interior gets redone for 2012 too. The 2012 Beetle loses its flower-power vase, and instead features a retro-inspired cockpit that includes a painted dashboard, an extra glove box (dubbed the “Beetle Bin”), and optional center console-mounted auxiliary instruments including an oil temperature gauge, clock, and boost gauge, on turbo models.
Everything is new on the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle. The all-new Beetle features a more aggressive look that’s designed to appeal to women and men. Aside from the new exterior and interior, the new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle gets new fuel efficient engines and transmissions. Later this year a 2.0-liter turbodiesel I-4 producing around 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque will make its way into the Beetle. We suspect a Beetle Convertible won’t be too far behind.
The Volkswagen Beetle’s exterior is all-new for 2012 becoming longer, lower, and wider. The new Beetle is 6.0 inches longer, 0.5 inches lower, and 3.3 inches wider than the old model, giving it improved ride and handling. In becoming lower, the 2012 Beetle loses the New Beetle’s arched “cathedral roof” giving it a look similar to that of the original Beetle, and a profile reminiscent of the Porsche 911. Volkswagen differentiates the exterior of the Beetle 2.5 and Beetle Turbo by giving the Beetle 2.5 retro-inspired 17-inch “turbine” wheels, and the Beetle Turbo 18-inch “twister” wheels, and a rear spoiler.
The interior of the 2012 Beetle is just as retro-inspired as the exterior, while still featuring the modern amenities one expects in a premium compact. The new 2012 Beetle comes standard with iPod connectivity, and features optional extras like navigation, a Fender-branded premium stereo, and a sunroof. The Beetle is also notably for its “Beetle Bin,” which is a second glove box above the conventional one, just like the original Beetle.
The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle sports significantly improved performance over the outgoing model. The enthusiast’s choice would have to be the Beetle Turbo, which is essentially a VW GTI in a costume. A Beetle Turbo equipped with the six-speed dual-clutch auto took 6.3 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standstill–just a tick slower than the GTI. The Beetle Turbo also managed a respectable 27 seconds at 0.65 g on the Motor Trend Figure Eight course. A six-speed automatic Beetle 2.5 took 8.8 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standstill. Both the Beetle 2.5 and the Beetle Turbo needed 125 feet to come to a dead stop from 60 mph.
The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle comes standard from the factory with driver and front passenger airbags, and side curtain airbags in the front, and rear. The Beetle also features Volkswagen’s Intelligent Crash Response System. VW’s Intelligent Crash Response System shuts off the Beetle’s fuel pump, unlocks the doors, and switches on the hazards in the event the Beetle is involved in an accident. Both the Beetle 2.5 and Beetle Turbo also come standard with traction control and electronic stability control.
- Porsche 911 profile
- Beetle Turbo performance
- Retro interior touches
- Being accused of driving a “girl’s” car
- Dated 2.5-liter I-5
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