The EPA says that the Beetle Convertible will match the efficiency of its coupe sibling.
Due to the extra weight of rigidity enhancing measures, most convertibles are slightly less fuel efficient than their fixed-roof counterparts. However, that won't be the case with the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible.
The EPA has just released economy figures for the latest open-air bug, which is scheduled to make its debut at the L.A. show this November, and it seems the open air experience won't come with a corresponding efficiency penalty. The most frugal Beetle convertible, the manual transmission TDI diesel model, will return 28 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway, while the stick-shifted Turbo variant is rated at 21/30 mpg. Those figures are identical to the numbers posted by the coupe.
While mileage information for the 2.5-liter inline-five base motor isn't yet available, it would follow for it to eke out the same 22/31 mpg in the Convertible that it does in the coupe. Also expect DSG-equipped drop-tops to match the coupe.