Showing posts with label convertible. Show all posts
Showing posts with label convertible. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

VW Beetle Dune Convertible Test Drive


I have driven a few versions of the current Beetle before. So this is a pretty familiar car to me. But this Dune model is all new.
Available as a coupe or convertible.

It is actually so new, that VW was not able to quote me a price on the car I was test driving for a week.
And while the coupe is on the VW site, the convertible version of the Dune isn't on there yet. (Last time I checked)
All I know is that my test car had a 1.8 Liter turbo. The one they use on almost every VW models in the US. With a 6 speed auto.
It didn't have features like GPS or the amazing Fender stereo system.
So I assume it is sort of a base model for the Dune series.

I was actually surprised by how much I liked the look of the car. Even the color!

In real life, it does have a great personality, and all these fake Crossover/SUV bits actually work.
The whole thing is just pretty charming.


Inside, it is standard Beetle convertible stuff. Except the colors.
Same thing here, I found myself loving that weird/odd/ and rather loud color combo.
The seats are great. And that dark yellow hue makes the interior even more fun than it is in the regular model.
The stereo worked fine. Apple CarPlay is great. But it is not as good as the great Fender system offered as an option.
No GPS but,  finally, VW offers a rear view camera on most of their cars in the US.
And it is a great system. as the camera is super sharp.
And it also comes with front warnings.
The color combo on these Dune seats looks great. At least to me...

Too bad you can't put much inside that armrest. Even my "not that big" camera couldn't even fit there. At all.
Looks like the Bug is finally getting LED tail lights. At least on the Dune version...
Looking really good.
The ugly spoiler is still there. Doing its job of "spoiling" a great design.
It just looks like a bookshelf. Quite ridiculous.
The very first thing I notice was how smooth the ride is. It feels actually smoother than the regular Beetle. The car rides a bit higher, and the 18 inch tires might be quite different.
But it really does ride almost like a luxury car. (Especially compared to the 20 inch tires on the Cascada I had a few weeks earlier)
But at the same time, the steering felt quite a bit heavier than other Beetle models.
Which is not a bad thing. Since I always feel that modern steerings are a bit too light for my taste...

Otherwise, the drive is pretty similar to other VWs with that same engine.
It is mostly smooth, and  quiet. But not as much as the competition. Especially new turbo engines from Ford and GM.
There is still a bit of turbo lag. It still feels a bit weird when starting from a stop.
Like if the engine had turn itself off. Similar to a hybrid.( Although It does not have that feature)

Otherwise it feels very solid and quiet.

The Beetle is usually rated at 25/34 MPG. (Not sure what the official numbers for the Dune are)
During my weekly drive I was able to get 25 in the City. Although it quickly went down to around 20 when I was having fun.
But on the freeway I had no problem getting over 38MPG

I really enjoyed my week with the new Beetle Dune.
More that I though I would.

It has a great, fun personality. And it drives great. The luxury car ride is an added bonus.

I am not sure of the price, but there has to be quite a premium over the regular convertible model.
Which starts at around $25 500. I would guess my test car was around $28 000. But who knows...

I couldn't help but comparing it to the Buick/Opel Cascada I was driving a few weeks earlier.
Sure, at around $37 000, it is a lot more money.
But..  For some reason, they are only about $50 a month apart when leasing.
Weird.

For that $50, the Cascada is a larger, roomier car. Even though the Bug feels very solid, the Cascada feels even more substantial. With a real back seat where 2 adults can actually fit.
It also comes with much more stuff. It is larger and heavier and uses a little bit more gas. But not that much more.
And the engine is quieter and smoother.


In the most recent new car quality study from JD Powers, the Cascada scores very high as well.
While VW usually are not known for being reliable cars. (At least in the US. As they reputation in Europe is golden for some reason)

That's just a though . A very personal one, since most buyers won't really compare these two cars.
But since I really enjoyed driving both cars, I thought I would mention it...




Wednesday, February 17, 2016

2017 Fiat 124 Spider European price

The European press is reporting a 34 000 Euros price for the new Fiat Convertible.
Which is about 4000 Euros more than the equivalent 160HP version of the Mazda Miata.
(A cheaper, less powerful version is also available over there)
The Lusso model would be 2500 Euros more.

In the US, the Miata starts at $25 700. Using the same math, it would put the Fiat at around $30 000.

I think that is a lot.
I am really not sure Fiat can charge much more than the Miata over here.
It doesn't have such a great image to begin with...

Of course, it does depend on equipment etc... And how Fiat wants to position the car in the market.



Thursday, November 19, 2015

AutoShow Quick note: Mazda VS. Fiat


I must be in the minority, but I do like the Fiat version better than the Miata.
I was a big fan of the previous version Miata. (Test drove it twice)

But I cannot warm up to the current (more aggressive) design.
So I do like the Fiat "clone" better. (except when compared to the still stunning 1966 original Pininfarina design)
It does have a different design, and the front is a bit longer.
Which I like.

The interior is exactly the same. But you can order this brown color. (I think the Miata now comes in black only. Except for that limited "launch edition")

It was also really fun watching all the long/boring PR BS introducing the car. And its "Italian heart".
The whole thing was about being Italian etc... Never, of course, mentioning the Mazda link. Ever.

It should also end up being the most reliable Fiat ever made. (Since it is built in Japan alongside the Miata).
Another plus...

What do you think?

Friday, November 13, 2015

Mercedes SL




The front end is all new.
And, in my opinion, much better than before.
Unfortunately. The rear end hasn't changed much. ( I guess that would have required too many new metal parts)

Inside, I am glad they have not added the floating tablet to the dashboard.
The screen was high enough, and they just made it larger.
It also now gets a new 9 speed automatic.

It's still not as fantastic as an SL should be. But it is better...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

2017 Mercedes SL

 Looking all new from this picture, but it's not.
It's just one of these "mid cycle revision". At least it seems quite extensive. The whole front end looks brand new.

I've always been a big fan of the SL. But the current version has to be the worse looking one of all.
Displaying an amount of design vulgarity never seen before in its history.
It just looks like it was designs by a bunch of guys who never talked to each other.

This new front end does look a bit cleaner. (Let's hope it blends with the profile better.)

Don't expect a new interior. Although I'm sure the screen has moved to the usual "Mercedes fake tablet look" on top of the dash.
For reference, this is the current front end.

I will be seeing the new one next week at the Auto Show. And will make sure to post plenty of pictures!

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Range Rover Evoque convertible.




Yes, this is for real.

Pretty much the same car as the concept we saw a while ago. Back then, reactions went from "WTF" to "why?".
Which, I guess, will be the same for the production version.

I mean, I do like the Evoque a lot. And I love convertibles.
But tall/SUV based convertibles never look good.
The Nissan Murano convertible is the only thing I can think of that could be comparable to this. And It was a big flop.

Plus, I really don't thing there is a market for a 2 door SUV convertible.
Anywhere...

This is the weirdest way to spend R&D money.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

2017 Fiat 124 VS. 2016 Mazda Miata


Just though I would try to compare the two.
From these pix we have all seen these last couple of days.

At first (from grainy phone pix, I know) , they do seem quite different.
The hood of the Fiat seems quite a bit longer, taller.  Which I personally like.
So does the trunk. There might be a new crease line running along the side (Hard to see, but it could be an attempt to match the original design)

I haven't been a big fan of the new Miata, so the Fiat does look better to me.
I also really like the silver finish around the windshield.

But inside... It's just too bad. Both cars look exactly the same.
I mean, the new Miata does have a really nice interior. But I really wish Fiat had spent just a little bit of money to make their model  more special. Come on....



Here is the original convertible version of the old Fiat 124.
The Pininfarina design still looks fantastic.

You can see the new one is just a Miata trying very hard to look a little bit like this.
Maybe it'll work.
(We'll definitely have to wait for better pictures)

What do you think?
(You can take the poll on the top left of this page.)

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Mercedes S-Class Convertible






I am a big fan of the S-Class coupe. So this is quite amazing to me.
I cannot really imagine this thing looking even better in person, but I am sure it does.

I have to say, this is what I would get if I had the money...

So please. Tell ALL your friends about this Burlappcar.com.
 Once it becomes the most popular car site on the internet, this beauty will be within my reach.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

2016 Chevrolet Camaro convertible video


OK, first, make sure you turn down the sound. Way down.
As the soundtrack on this video is horrible. (And I mean, horrible!)

But the car! The car in that color looks pretty amazing. The interior seems far ahead of the new Mustang as well.
Not sure how much more the new Camaro will be, but the all automatic top alone is worth more than the Mustang.

Really, I cannot wait to see these on the road.


Monday, June 22, 2015

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible



Looking really good!

What a nice blend of modern and retro. (Except for that spoiler...)

As mentioned earlier, it now has a fully automatic top. Something the Mustang doesn't offer.

It looks really slick. But visibility looks to be even worse than the current model.
This could be quite a pain to drive in rainy days...

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible


That didn't take long.
The convertible version of the all new Camaro is almost here. Only 2 more days before we see the whole thing.

And it is said to come with a fully automatic top. Something the Mustang still doesn't have.