Used Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet 1999 - 2012 review

Category: Convertible

Section: Ownership cost

1999 - 2012 review
Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (99 - 12)
  • Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (99 - 12)
  • Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (99 - 12)
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Ownership cost

What used Volkswagen Beetle sports will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Volkswagen Beetle sports?

The Beetle will cost you only a bit more to run than a Golf, so it shouldn't scare you off. Strong resale values keep used car prices up, but then that's the same of other cars in this sector including the Mini Convertible.

Fuel economy isn't scary with the petrol engines and ranges from 39.2mpg through to 34mpg on the 1.8 turbo. The 1.9 diesels manage 50.4mpg.

Insurance on smaller-engined models is group 7 and group 9, but if you go for one of the larger engines, that can jump as high as group 15. For us, the 1.6-litre has the best balance of fuel economy and lower insurance.

Being a VW, servicing costs and spares can be slightly higher than rivals, but sticking to independent workshops will make reasonable savings.