A little over a year ago we had the VW Beetle in for a week of testing, it was the 2.5L 5 cylinder with an automatic. We never published a review on it, because we flat out didn't like it, though it was for personal reasons more than anything else. It felt like a pure nostalgia play, and it wasn't enjoyable to drive.
When our VW rep called and asked if we wanted to try the Beetle with the TDI Clean Diesel, we said, "sure, why not". We wondered if Volkswagen's terrific TDI engine could be a saving grace. Turns out it absolutely transformed the car!
This TDI Beetle with a manual was not only a hoot to drive, it returned 47-48mpg on the highway at 80mph! Sit back and have a look as Rumblestrip.NET and Ten Minute Test Drive have a go with the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI.
Getting to drive the all new 2013 Ford Escape/Ford Kuga gave us the opportunity to test a vehicle that is the next generation of a vehicle that has been in our family since we bought it new in 2005, and that's the Ford Escape.
We wanted to see just how far Ford could take this Crossover after having been produced on the same platform for 12 years. Now based off the Focus platform, the Escape looks to move to the top of the market in this very competitive segment.