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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

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.

The boot is very limited in size and has a very awkward small opening. You'll probably end up keeping the tonneau cover in there too, eating into what little space there is. It'll just about take a weekly shop, but forget about anything larger and there's no where for a pushchair either. There's reasonable stowage in the front with twin cupholders in front of the gear lever, however the door pockets - with their netting cover - aren't very useable.

The roof is electric on most models - except the 1.4-litre Luna model where you have to open and close it manually.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (03-10).

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Steel wheels

Dark Flint equipment

Dark Flint standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
Dark Flint optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

Luna equipment

Luna standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
Luna optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
S optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Steel wheels

Sola equipment

Sola standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
Sola optional equipment
None available

T equipment

T standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
T optional equipment
None available