Used Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (2013 - 2018) Comfort

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 23 Sep 2014
3.5
The first new-generation Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet was launched in 2003 and it proved to be a popular car for those after a drop-top with unique looks. At first glance the new Beetle Cabriolet hasn’t changed much.

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

On the road the VW Beetle Cabriolet comfort levels are acceptable. It’s quite refined - road and engine roar are minimal.

When you have the hood down it is best to pop the foldable wind deflector up. This will protect the driver and front seat passenger from any breeze.

The ride is a little fidgety and is not as composed as the coupe version. Head- and leg-room is good while the seats have a decent amount of bolstering for your back. The side supports are good (especially when seated in the sports seats on the range-topping Sport trim) too and will hold you in place when cornering enthusiastically.

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet practicality levels are reasonably good considering that it is a 2+2 convertible. The exterior length has been extended by 152mm over the previous model, which means that there is an additional 12mm of headroom for front and rear passengers.

Space is still limited in the rear - small children may fit in but adults will struggle.

Thanks to the increase in size the Beetle gets more load space. There is an increase of 24 litres taking carrying capacity up to a maximum boot space of 225 litres.

The designers have even added a foldable wind deflector as an option. When the deflector is in use the rear most seats act as additional storage space. You get two glove compartments – an upper one designed to stow maps or smaller items and a lower one which has more depth and can carry more substantial items. The lower glovebox is also where the iPod connection is hidden.

The canvas hood slides open at the flick of a button. It opens in 9.5 seconds and closes in 11, working at speeds up to 31mph. Handy if it starts to rain and you need to close the roof while on the move.

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How does the boot space compare?

245 litres
Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (13-18)
225 litres
182 litres
4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

The switchgear and plastics are all of a high quality, however, the plastics on the dash feel a little hard and look a little on the cheap side. Visibility is very good but when you have the hood in place there are large blind spots at the rear corners. Our advice would be to tick the box for parking sensors making parking especially in town that bit easier.