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Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (2003-2011)

Officially known as the ‘New Beetle’, VW’s recreation of a classic was a market success even if it lost most of the unusual engineering that made the original so iconic. It’s not the greatest car to drive but then nobody buys a Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet to go racing. That only happens in the movies. In reality this is a fun, stylish car with a neat power hood and room for four adults. The wind won’t bother them, or you, even at motorway speeds and reliability is as you would expect from Volkswagen. Under the skin the mechanics are much the same as the Golf of the same period but the less reserved bodywork means that luggage space is reduced.

Prices were temptingly low for the lower powered cars, just leave the fast driving to Herbie. A Final Edition Beetle was launched at the beginning of 2010 and the all new and rather more capable replacement (the A5) arrived in 2013 making this one, the old New Beetle.

Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet Details

Production dates2003-2011
Length4081 mm
Turning circle10 m
Luggage capacity201 litres
Fuel tank capacity55 litres
Warranty distance60,000 miles
Warranty length3 years
Service IntervalsVariable miles

Volkswagen Beetle 1.4 Cabriolet

The entry level 1.4 litre Beetle Cabriolet was a little under-powered for its weight and was slow to get moving. It did however make an affordable option for those looking for a fun every-day convertible.

Volkswagen Beetle 1.4 Cabriolet Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine typeStraight 4
Engine size1390 cc
Power75@5000 bhp
Torque93@3300 lb.ft
Transmission type5-spd manual
Kerb Weight1345 kg
UK Retail pricefrom £16,595
UK Insurance group6

Volkswagen Beetle 1.4 Cabriolet Performance

Max Speed (Manual)99 mph
0-100kmph (Manual)15.6 seconds

Volkswagen Beetle 1.4 Cabriolet Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)39.8 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)171 g/km

Volkswagen Beetle 1.6 Cabriolet

The Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet 1.6 litre is our choice of the range. It has most of the power of the 2 litre car without the added weight and costs. In comparison, the 1.8T seems extravigant for a car that doesn’t focus on sporty performance.

Volkswagen Beetle 1.6 Cabriolet Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine size1595 cc
Power102@5600 bhp
Torque109@3800 lb.ft
Transmission type5-spd manual
UK Retail pricefrom £18,230
UK Insurance group8

Volkswagen Beetle 1.6 Cabriolet Performance

0-100kmph (Manual)12.3 seconds

Volkswagen Beetle 1.6 Cabriolet Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)36.7 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)185 g/km

Volkswagen Beetle 1.8T Cabriolet

This more powerful turbo-charged engine gives a bit more punch to the 'new' Beetle Cabriolet and makes it easier to overtake slower traffic.

Volkswagen Beetle 1.8T Cabriolet Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine size1781 cc
Power150@5800 bhp
Torque162@2000 lb.ft
Transmission type5-spd manual
UK Retail pricefrom £22,765
UK Insurance group13

Volkswagen Beetle 1.8T Cabriolet Performance

Max Speed (Manual)125 mph
0-100kmph (Manual)9.3 seconds

Volkswagen Beetle 1.8T Cabriolet Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)34.4 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)196 g/km

Volkswagen Beetle 1.9 TDI Cabriolet

For the first time a diesel engine is available in a Beetle and it makes good sense for those travelling high milages. On the downside, the clattery noise and lagging response to sudden acceleration don't really fit in with the top-down driving experience.

Volkswagen Beetle 1.9 TDI Cabriolet Specifications

Fuel typeDiesel
Engine size1896 cc
Power105@4000 bhp
Torque177@1800 lb.ft
Transmission type5-spd manual
UK Retail pricefrom £21,530
UK Insurance group8

Volkswagen Beetle 1.9 TDI Cabriolet Performance

Max Speed (Manual)111 mph
0-100kmph (Manual)12 seconds

Volkswagen Beetle 1.9 TDI Cabriolet Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)51.4 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)145 g/km

Volkswagen Beetle 2.0 Cabriolet

Created mostly for the export market, the 2 litre VW Beetle Cabriolet tops the range but has noticeably less power than the 1.8 turbo and uses more fuel. The Tiptronic gearbox is a bit sleepy compared to the modern DSG units but is solidly made and suits the car well.

Volkswagen Beetle 2.0 Cabriolet Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine size1984 cc
Power115@5400 bhp
Torque127@3200 lb.ft
Transmission type5-spd manual / 6-spd Tiptronic
UK Retail pricefrom £23,530
UK Insurance group9

Volkswagen Beetle 2.0 Cabriolet Performance

Max Speed (Manual)114 mph
Max Speed (Auto)112 mph
0-100kmph (Manual)11.7 seconds
0-100kmph (Auto)12.9 seconds

Volkswagen Beetle 2.0 Cabriolet Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)32.1 mpg
EU Combined MPG (Auto)30.7 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)212 g/km
CO2 Emissions (Auto)222 g/km

Information last updated June 29, 2015

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Do you drive a VW Beetle? Would you recommend it to others? Why not leave a comment to let us know what you think of the car. This Volkswagen has one owner review.

  1. Wogga says:

    “Reliability is as you expect from VW?!” I guess, compared to Jaguar or Yugo, that’s a compliment?

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