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3 out of 5 3.0
Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (03-10) - rated 3 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £14,460 - £22,950
Used price £605 - £3,550
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £180 - £360
Insurance group 11 - 22 How much is it to insure?


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

Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet rivals

Written by David Ross on

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.

Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet rivals

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