2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI: Features and Controls
- The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI is identical to the 2012 standard Beetle in terms of its available features and controls.
The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI – at least the very basic model we drove – is largely bereft of any of the high tech gadgets or advanced features that have become increasingly common in the compact segment. Staring at the bare, button-less spokes of the Beetle’s steering wheel drives this point home even further. If you are looking for something more than a CD player and air conditioning, you are going to have to pay more money and ante up for a few options or trim upgrades over what the TDI has to offer. Even the AM/FM/CD system that came with the car was an exercise in frustration, as we were unable to parse its menu system in order to pair it with a mobile phone for Bluetooth streaming (and VW doesn’t provide an AUX-in jack). There is certainly something to be said for basic transportation, but the Beetle TDI is priced above cars that offer better amenities, which makes the de-contented feel of its interior that much harder to swallow.