2013 Volkswagen Beetle Fender Edition Review

Volkswagen recently unveiled the 2013 Beetle Fender edition in Leipzig Auto Show. For 2013, Volkswagen has bestowed ample visual upgrades on the Beetle Fender edition though it falls short on performance upgrades. But is the visual upgrade worth the extra buck? Let us find more about 2013 Beetle Fender edition in this exclusive review.

Features Of 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Fender Edition

Exterior

Two components that truly ensure that 2013 Beetle Fender edition stands out from the rest are the Fender emblems and chrome mirrors. Fender emblems are mounted right below the A pillars at the front.

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Having borrowed the front fascia from Beetle Turbo, Beetle Fender edition sports chrome band running along the lower grille. It also splits fog lamps and turn signals. The Beetle Fender edition also sports 18-inch Disc wheels. These aluminum alloy wheels are borrowed from Beetle 2.5L model. Even the Deep Black Pearl color on the exterior with metallic touch reminds one of the exterior of Turbo models. Bi-Xenon headlights help the driver cruise through dark alleys that are not well lit.

In short, 2013 Beetle Fender edition revisits the exterior elements of previous Beetle models and adds just two new components to the mix. If you are a practical person, you would see more reason in buying these two components separately and fitting them into older Beetle model than to spend extra bucks on 2013 model.

Interior

The interior of 2013 Beetle Fender edition tells a different story. As soon as you enter, you cannot help but notice the Sunburst dashboard adding a little more brightness to the middle of dashboard panel. The interesting thing is that the color fades gradually towards the edges of the dashboard. The dashboard resembles the Fender guitar namely Stratocaster Sunburst. Fender emblem at the lower edge of the Sunburst dashboard adds more elegance to the interior. 2013 Beetle Fender edition replaces the usual flashy upholstery with darker seats and upholstery. However, to avoid monotony Beetle Fender edition sports contrast stitching on the seats and upholstery.

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Like in other Beetle models, 2013 Beetle Fender edition sports flat-bottomed steering wheel. Speed controls and audio controls are mounted on the steering wheel. In addition, HVAC controls are also mounted on the steering wheel with light-chrome accent.
2013 Beetle Fender edition houses a good amount of infotainment features such as 400W premium audio system with 9 speakers and LCD screen. Users can also get additional speakers.

A 10-channel amplifier is also on board. To enable the passengers listen to high notes minus the distortion. 7.9-inch Fender twin speakers feature dual-voice calls. The car also sports two 6.3-inch rear Fender speakers that have neodymium magnets. These speakers render mid-range sounds with accurate punch. It also sports 7.9-inch Bassman subwoofers, proprietary to Fender.

Engine

Powered by a 2.5L turbocharged engine, 2013 Beetle Fender edition is simply mimicking the Beetle Turbo model. The engine renders 200 horsepower at 5100 to 6000rpm. The engine renders 207lb-ft of torque at 5000rpm. It features 6-speed manual transmission. Absence of all-wheel-drive is disappointing though. Beetle Fender edition is expected to touch the 60mph mark in around 6.8 seconds, much like that in Beetle Turbo. It is also expected with 6-speed automatic transmission as is present in Beetle Turbo. Fuel economy is expected at about 22mpg and 30mpg in the city and highway.

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Performance

With the suspension as well as steering expected to remain the same in Beetle Fender edition, the driver can remain assured of great stability and fun.

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For 2013, Beetle Fender edition sports McPherson struts for front suspension and 23mm stabilizer bar that curtail the amount of body leaning when the road calls for hard tuning. Rear end sports coil springs and shock absorbers. Rear suspension sports 18mm stabilizer bar. Disc brakes on all four corners of the vehicle and antilock brakes are other highlights of 2013 Beetle Fender edition. Front brakes feature 312x25mm ventilated rotors. 272x10mm solid rotors are present in rear brakes.

Competition

2013 Beetle Fender edition is going to face tough competition from Fiat 500, Ford Focus and Chevy Cruze.

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Fender Edition Price

Price for 2013 Beetle Fender edition starts at $25,235. Buyers with desire to upgrade to DSG automatic transmission will have to shell out another $1,100. Destination charges will be charged at $795. 2013 Beetle Fender edition are available for sale in both US and UK markets.

Conclusion

For 2013, Beetle Fender edition does not have any significant improvement over the Beetle Turbo model in terms of performance. However, those with an eye for beauty and an ear for good quality audio will definitely love to shell out $5,000 extra for this beauty.