when buying a convertible it has to put a smile on your face every time you drive it come rain or shine ....
The Volkswagen Cabriolet to date has not been tested by Euro NCAP; the third generation hatchback was tested back in 2011 and was awarded overall five-stars, the maximum rating. It scored 92% for adult occupant, 90% child occupant, 53% pedestrian and 86% safety assist; we are not sure how the cabriolet would perform.
Our test car was fitted with the £525 optional 400 watt fender premium soundpack which comprises 10 channel amplifier with eight speakers and a sub-woofer in boot. You gain ambient lighting around the speakers and door panels. Is it worth it? – yes – it is impressive for the money.
We also benefited from RNS 315 touchscreen satellite navigation/radio system (£305) which comes with a five-inch touchscreen interface, DAB Tuner, CD player and an external multi-media interface. This is well worth the £305 to ensure you have navigation and a DAB radio tuner.
- Audi A3 Cabriolet
- MINI Convertible
- Peugeot 308CC
- Vauxhall Cascada
- Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet
What We Liked
- Vast improvement over predecessor
- Styling and packaging
- Reasonably good driving dynamics
- Loved the 1950’s styling
What We Disliked
- Rear visibility – cannot really see over the hood when lowered
- Back seats only suitable for children (but what can you expect)
- Open the boot in the rain and the water off the boot lid drips into the boot
- The dashboard plastics
We enjoyed our time with the Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet – when buying a convertible it has to put a smile on your face every time you drive it come rain or shine. The Beetle Cabriolet certainly does that, it so much better than its predecessor and it comes highly recommended – all we need are rain free days.8 November 2013
Volkswagen Beetle Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet '50s Edition'|
|Body Type||2-door Convertible|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8.6 seconds|
|Top Speed||128 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||50.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating|
|Warranty||3 Years / 60,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 08/11/13)||£24,895|