True, the Beetle isn’t as good to drive or as classily finished as its more sensible sibling, the Golf Cabriolet, but it’ll set you back substantially less. Factor in its undeniable charm and many will be prepared to put up with a few shortcomings.
We’ve driven all but the 1.6 TDI, and the 1.2 TSI is our favourite. With a low purchase price and good claimed economy and emissions, it ticks the financial boxes. It’s also a pleasure to drive as long as you don’t expect snorting acceleration; it’s refined, free-revving and doesn’t feel underpowered.
The punchier 1.4 petrol struggles to justify its higher price given that the Beetle Cabriolet is more cruiser than sports car. The same goes for both the 2.0-litre diesel and petrol versions.
Design trim is the one to go for. It includes body-coloured dash, alloys, Bluetooth, USB, CD-changer and a black-and-white touch-screen. A colour screen and sat-nav combo is a really affordable and worthwhile optional extra.