Used Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (2003 - 2010) Safety & Reliability

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 24 Sep 2009
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.
3.5 out of 5



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The standard Beetle scored a reasonable four stars in official Euro NCAP crash tests and the Cabriolet version should be equally as safe in an accident. Every model comes with driver and front-seat passenger airbags while a side impact airbags is also mounted in each of the front seats. Curtain airbags are also standard. The front seatbelts have pre-tensioners plus there are Isofix child seat mounting points in the back while ESP stability control is also included on every model.

In the event of the vehicle turning over, rollover bars incorporated into the rear headrests deploy automatically. Security equipment includes an alarm system that is triggered by movement within the cabin, providing protection even when parked with the roof down.

3.5 out of 5


The 1997 Golf that it's based on wasn't the most reliable of Volkswagen so you might find some niggling problems, but on the whole it's a well-built and dependable car, as long as it gets the servicing it needs.

Car check problem points


No problems reported.


A recall in 2004 where the bolts on the fuel pump cover may break.


No problems reported.