A cute nifty little car for girls!
Costing more than $20,000, the great thing about the Beetle Cabrio is its light weight, and compact size, which make it so easy to maneuver. And for these reasons its mileage, so relevant in these days of climate change, is a satisfying 24mpg in the city and 30mpg on the highway making it useful even ten years later when the new energy bill takes effect!
A review of the Cabriot although here the mileage is given as 40mpg. Not really sure about the technical stuf, just follow the review:
The 2.0-litre engine is from the old-shape Golf GTI – but don’t get too excited. This eight-valve unit is flexible and easy-going but strained at high speed. The 1.6 is more driveable, although it can’t match the 2.0’s pulling power. A 1.9 turbodiesel introduces greater flexibility. Fastest is the 150bhp 1.8T which does 0-60mph in 9.3sec.
Soft suspension makes for comfortable cruising, but at the expense of lurching body roll in corners. Despite losing its roof, however, the Beetle cabrio’s stiffened body means there is no windscreen wobble or scuttle-shake.
In any convertible with a roof in place, there’s bound to be some wind noise, but in the Beetle it’s relatively hushed. Even at motorway speeds, there’s little need for raised voices when trying to have a conversation. There’s a wonderful solidity to all the controls and materials in the cabin.
It’s a Volkswagen, it’s a Beetle and it offers the full wind-in-the-hair driving experience, so this car holds its value very well. The 1.4 model is the cheapest four-seater convertible on sale, and with a group 8 insurance rating and combined fuel economy of nearly 40mpg it is relatively cheap to run, too.
Whether you love or loathe the Cabriolet’s retro styling, there’s no denying that its materials and plastics are made to the highest quality. Every one of the cabin’s materials is fresh and funky and yet feels solid as a rock. The mechanical parts are known, proven and trouble-free, too.
The beautiful Elisha Cuthbert with her Beetle Cabrio.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Posted by Chrissy at 2:38 PM