Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

There’s a choice of seven engines available when considering Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet performance options. You can choose between a six-speed manual or seven-speed ‘DSG’ semi-automatic gearboxes

Petrol engines

The most popular engine is the entry-level 103bhp 1.2-petrol unit. It’s decent on fuel economy and should average around 46.3mpg while emitting 142g/km of CO2. The benchmark sprint time is never going to break records but 11.7 seconds is relative for a car of this size and it will go on to a 110mph top speed.

Once you get this engine going it is fine at motorway speeds but plan any overtaking manoeuvres well in advance. It does lack guts – especially when travelling up-hill.

The 158bhp 1.4-litre TSI petrol is quite sprightly. It can complete the zero to 62mph sprint in 8.6 seconds and has a top speed of 128mph.

The flagship 197bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine will reach 62mph from a standing start in 7.6 seconds and has a top speed of 138mph.

Diesel engines

The diesel line-up comprises a 1.6-litre TDI with 103bhp, also available as a BlueMotion Technology version, and a 2.0-litre TDI with 138bhp. This most powerful diesel engine can complete the zero to 62mph in 8.6 seconds and has a top speed of 127mph.

This latest iteration of the Beetle has a new suspension system and it makes the car much better to drive. The front end has plenty of grip when cornering in the dry. There are downsides, though: the steering is direct but lacks feedback while the ride is quite firm.

You will notice bumps in the road and it is best to opt for the smallest alloys to get a better ride.

At low speeds the car feels a little fidgety and is not as good to drive as rivals like the MINI Convertible. Rough surfaces can also cause some vibration and unsettle the car.