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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 The back-seat passengers don’t get much space, and the rear visibility is poor. Some of the materials feel a little cheap, and the low-speed ride is firm, too.

Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet
33 5stars

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 and has a broad range of great engines. Don’t expect to use it as a full-time four-seater, though, as the rear seats are cramped.

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There are 9 Volkswagen Beetle versions available

Cabriolet 1.2 TSI 105 2dr £18,740
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 1.6 TDI 105 BMT 2dr £20,550
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 1.2 TSI 105 Design 2dr £21,135
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 1.6 TDI 105 BMT Design 2dr £22,925
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 1.4 TSI 160 Design 2dr £23,025
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 2.0 TDI 140 Design 2dr £23,755
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 1.4 TSI 160 Sport 2dr £24,625
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 2.0 TDI 140 Sport 2dr £25,355
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 2.0 TSI 210 Sport 2dr £25,855
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

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 diesel and petrol.

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.

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