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.

Body Glass
  • Electric front windows
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Intermittent windscreen wipers
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Automatic post collision braking system
  • Electronic Differential Lock + Anti-slip regulation
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Front disc brakes
  • HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
  • Hill hold control
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Front/rear floor mats
Driver Aids
  • Speed sensitive power steering
Driver Information
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • Door/tailgate open warning lights
  • Exterior temperature gauge
  • Low washer fluid warning light
  • Multifunction computer
  • Service indicator
  • Trip computer
  • Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened
Driving Mirrors
  • Door mirror integrated indicators
  • Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
Embellishment Trims
  • Chrome air vent surrounds
  • Composition media system with radio/CD, colour touch screen, SD card, aux-in, USB MDI and bluetooth with SMS
  • DAB Digital radio
Exterior Body Features
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door protectors with chrome insert
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Rear spoiler
Exterior Lights
  • Cornering front fog lights
  • Dust/pollen filters
Interior Features
  • 12V socket in centre console
  • 3 spoke steering wheel
  • Dashboard storage
  • Front and rear cupholders
  • Front centre armrest/storage
  • Front/rear passenger grab handles
  • Glovebox
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Multifunction leather steering wheel with leather gear knob/handbrake grip
  • Tonneau cover
Interior Lights
  • Front reading lights
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • 3 point front seat belts
  • Active rollover protection
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Driver/Passenger whiplash optimised head restraints
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Passenger airbag deactivation system
  • Tyre pressure warning
  • 50/50 split folding rear seat
  • Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment
  • Easy entry slide seats (access to rear seats)
  • Height adjustable front/rear head restraints
  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • Alarm with interior protection
  • Anti-theft wheel bolts
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
Vanity Mirrors
  • Driver/passenger illuminated sunvisor mirrors
Wheels - Spare
  • Steel space saver spare wheel

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