Let's face it, you don't buy a Volkswagen Beetle if practicality is at the top of your agenda, so why not go the whole hog and opt for a soft top? The improved third generation Beetle Cabriolet we look at here is strong on style and looks a really great ownership proposition. If you want to make a statement, the fashionable Dune version will be tempting.
The roof is a beautifully tailored multi-layered piece of heavy duty fabric that at the press of a button rises up in 11 seconds, folds away in 9.5s and is operable at speeds of up to 31mph. As for engines, well there's a choice of 1.2 or 1.4-litre TSI petrol units or a 2.0-litre TDI diesel offered with either 110 or 150PS. There's also a crossover-style 'Dune' version that features a 10mm ride height increase, with more rugged looks enhanced via 18-inch 'Mythos' alloy wheels, front and rear wheelarch extensions and bolder bumper designs.
Otherwse, things are much as before. One of the advantages of the way the fabric roof sits proud of the passenger compartment just above the integral rear spoiler is that it doesn't take up bootspace, which is pretty reasonable for this class of car at 225-litres.
Overall, a car like this is - and should be - an indulgence, a bit of fun. This one is.
The iconic dashboard compartment is the perfect place to store your mobile and water bottle while ensuring a touch of retro
50:50 split fold seats
You'll be amazed how much you can fit in... if you need extra space simply fold either or both the rear seats flat
Sensors in the front and rear bumpers operate by ultrasound, the acoustic warning gets more frequest as object get nearer
Whatever colour your Beetle is its dash panels and door rails will match. Just another stylish, good-looking touch
The three dial 'Sport' instrument panel on the dashboard is a particularly distinctive feature
Prevents your car from rolling back when you're pulling away on a slope or during a hill start
New Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet Features
With a style that harks back to the 1940s and fantastic safety features, there is so much to admire about the new Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet. More details of the car’s top features can be seen below:
It looks like a Beetle of yesteryear
With the new Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet, VW seems to have looked at what made the original Beetle so iconic.
This is because the soft-top has a silhouette which will have fans of the range making many similarities to the 1949 Beetle — a longer bonnet and flatter roof compared to more recent Beetle cars help with this.
A quick side note is that the roof is 100 per cent automated, takes just nine seconds to fold flat and can be activated even when travelling at 31mph.
Its safety systems are to be applauded
You will be pleased to hear that the new Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet emerged from Euro NCAP’s tough crash test with a five-star rating.
Helping to achieve this score is the use of Volkswagen’s active rollover protection system. This has seen two extendable hoops fitted behind each rear bench seat, which activate if the car rolls and provides superb protection to the driver and all passengers in milliseconds.
A stability control system and four airbags fitted as standard heightens driver and passenger safety even further.
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Select your new Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet from the choice of three trims — The Beetle, Design and Sport.
The Beetle trim has safety and security in mind, thanks to the inclusion of an electronic stability control system and remote central locking.
Style is at the forefront of the Design trim, as is evident by a multifunctional leather-trimmed steering wheel and body-coloured dashboard and door panels.
Enjoy an even more relaxing drive with the Sport option, due to the car coming complete with both front and rear parking sensors and a 2zone climate control system.