Used Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (2003 - 2010) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 24 Sep 2009
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Four years after the 'new' Beetle was launched, Volkswagen introduced the convertible version - an obvious step for a car that appeals to those after something fun and stylish. Adding open-air enjoyment to the Beetle certainly makes it more enjoyable, but it's let down in key areas.
Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (03-10)
Iconic style, easy to open roof, well built, economical TDI available
Cramped in the back, limited and tricky to access boot space, lacks refinement, roof looks ugly when folded down

New price range:

£14,460 - £22,950

Used price range:

£523 - £3,050

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3 out of 5

Four years after the 'new' Beetle was launched, Volkswagen introduced the convertible version - an obvious step for a car that appeals to those after something fun and stylish. Adding open-air enjoyment to the Beetle certainly makes it more enjoyable, but it's let down in key areas. The roof doesn't stow away neatly and looks ugly when folded down, while the handling is below par, not helped by lacklustre steering.

On the plus side, it's well built and reliable as well as being reasonable quiet with the roof up at motorway speeds. However, newer convertibles offer better value for money. It was facelifted slightly in 2005 with new bumpers and lights.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3 out of 5

Performance

3.5 out of 5

Handling

3 out of 5

Comfort

2 out of 5

Practicality

1.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3 out of 5

Safety

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

3.5 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

2.5 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

3.5 out of 5

Equipment

3 out of 5

What owners say...

 Comfortable - very versus a couple of other test drives in different makes.  

5 out of 5

Lisa McGovern ,   24 Mar 2014    ... read more

 Small enough for day to day use but big enough to take 4 adults.  

5 out of 5

Mary Peeters ,   26 Sep 2013    ... read more

 nothing!! its just fun. but its not too pricey to tax and good mpg.  

5 out of 5

Anonymous ,   29 Mar 2008    ... read more

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