Used Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet 1999 - 2012 review

Category: Convertible

Section: What is it like?

Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (99 - 12)
  • Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (99 - 12)
  • Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (99 - 12)

What's the used Volkswagen Beetle sports like?

It might look like the Beetle of old, but underneath this latest incarnation is really a Golf. And, that means you can forget the budget build quality of the original - this new Beetle may hark back to the first version, but it's also well made.

Better still, despite losing its roof, the Beetle's body is still nice and stiff, which helps to prevents scuttle shake and allows the soft suspension to give a supple ride. However, the price you pay for this is limited road-holding and excessive body roll through bends. You also suffer from a lack of practicality, as you do with many funky and fashionable things. You get the wind in your hair, but room in the back and boot space are compromised. Parking can be a problem, too. From the driver's seat, it's difficult to see the nose over the enormous dash. And, the cute rounded looks of the body do nothing for over-the-shoulder visibility: it's hard to get a good view whether the hood is up or down.