Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet safety levels are high. When tested by Euro NCAP the coupe version received a five star rating and we expect this Cabriolet version to fare just as well. Standard safety kit includes ESP including brake assist and hill hold features.

There are front airbags, side head-thorax airbags and roll-over protection. If the system detects you are going to roll, rollover bars will pop up from behind the rear head restraints protecting the driver and passenger.

Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet practicality levels are reasonably good considering that it is a 2+2 convertible. The exterior length has been extended by 152mm over the previous model, which means that there is an additional 12mm of headroom for front and rear passengers.

Space is still limited in the rear - small children may fit in but adults will struggle.

Thanks to the increase in size the Beetle gets more load space. There is an increase of 24 litres taking carrying capacity up to a maximum boot space of 225 litres.

The designers have even added a foldable wind deflector as an option. When the deflector is in use the rear most seats act as additional storage space. You get two glove compartments – an upper one designed to stow maps or smaller items and a lower one which has more depth and can carry more substantial items. The lower glovebox is also where the iPod connection is hidden.

The canvas hood slides open at the flick of a button. It opens in 9.5 seconds and closes in 11, working at speeds up to 31mph. Handy if it starts to rain and you need to close the roof while on the move.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (13-18).

  • ABS
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • 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
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Side airbags
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Climate control

50s equipment

50s standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
50s optional equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim

50s Edition equipment

50s Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
50s Edition optional equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim

60s equipment

60s standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
60s optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim

60s Edition equipment

60s Edition standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
60s Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim

70s equipment

70s standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
70s optional equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim

70s Edition equipment

70s Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
70s Edition optional equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim

Design equipment

Design standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Design optional equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control

R Line equipment

R Line standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
R Line optional equipment
None available

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (13-18) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2011 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2011
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 92%
Child Occupant: 90%
Vulnerable Road Users: 53%
Safety Assist: 86%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.