unlike the previous model all you have to do is press a button, no latch to undo ....
What's It Like to Live With
The doors open wide and access is easy to the front seats but you will need to be more nimble to access the rear two seats, which are best suited to pre-teenage children. Those of you with mobility problems may find the cills quite high and with the roof in place there is fairly low swooping roofline.
Forward vision is good even though there is a thick ‘A’ pillar - rear vision is not good – if the roof is up then ‘C’ pillar gets in the way and with the roof down it is difficult to look over the hood. There are front and rear parking sensors on this car but a reversing camera would be ideal.
The Beetle Cabriolet features an electrically powered multi-layer fabric hood with glass rear screen which will lower in 9.5 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph – and it can be raised in 11 seconds. A cover is provided to protect the roof when folded and unlike the previous model all you have to do is press a button, no latch to undo. Our test car came with the £250 optional wind deflector which sits over the rear seats, so only usable when the rear is un-occupied – it is a pain to fit but it does remove the wind buffeting around the back of your head.
The rear two seats fold flat on a 50:50 basis and there is a fair amount of room for two people’s luggage – not sure if you could go for a week’s holiday with four as it will stretch the limits of the 225 litre boot capacity – which incidentally is 100 litres more than the MINI Convertible.
We would have liked to have seen a heated steering wheel and some kind of neck heating option – probably could do with a better heater, especially if you like to go topless in the winter.