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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (13-18) review.

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

Iconic style, easy to open roof, well built, economical TDI available

CONS

Cramped in the back, limited and tricky to access boot space, lacks refinement, roof looks ugly when folded down

PROS

Iconic style, easy to open roof, well built, economical TDI available

CONS

Cramped in the back, limited and tricky to access boot space, lacks refinement, roof looks ugly when folded down

Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet rivals

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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