For The Beetle Cabriolet is unashamedly style-focused, but it’s stable and nimble enough to satisfy in everyday driving. There’s plenty of space in the front seats, and the boot is a decent size.
Against Back-seat occupants don’t get much space, rear visibility is poor and some of the cabin materials feel a little cheap. The low-speed ride is firm, too.
What Car? says
The Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet is not the most entertaining car to drive, but its styling will more than justify any handling niggles for most owners. Otherwise, it’s a comfortable, refined place to be. Don’t expect to use it as a full-time four-seater, though, because the rear seats are cramped.
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There are 9 Volkswagen Beetle versions available
Target Price team says:
True, the Beetle isn’t as good to drive or as classily finished as its more sensible sibling, the Golf Cabriolet, but it’ll set you back substantially less. Factor in its undeniable charm and many will be prepared to put up with a few shortcomings.
We’ve driven all but the 1.6 TDI, and the 1.2 TSI is our favourite. With a low purchase price and good claimed economy and emissions, it ticks the financial boxes. It’s also a pleasure to drive as long as you don’t expect snorting acceleration; it’s refined, free-revving and doesn’t feel underpowered.
The punchier 1.4 petrol struggles to justify its higher price given that the Beetle Cabriolet is more cruiser than sports car. The same goes for both the 2.0-litre diesel and petrol versions.
Design trim is the one to go for. It includes body-coloured dash, alloys, Bluetooth, USB, CD-changer and a black-and-white touch-screen. A colour screen and sat-nav combo is a really affordable and worthwhile optional extra.