A review of the Beetle Cabriolet – its advantages and disadvantages

If you’re looking for a vehicle with the roof down even if it’s raining outside, then Volkswagen is proud to introduce their new offering – the Beetle Cabriolet. The car is perfect to use in wet weather and If you’re a fan of picnicking on the beach or going outside for your recreational activities, you’re sure to enjoy this vehicle.

The Beetle Cabriolet highlighted its weatherproof ability, the third of its kind since Volkswagen introduced the 1949 air-cooled Type 15 model sold about thirty years ago. The vehicle was driven along the Pacific Coast Highway and the result is unbelievable.

The passengers stayed warm and snug, even too snug at the rear ends. The back seats would appear dark and gloomy that you would need to buy additional parking sensors to carry on with your reverse parking needs.

The hoods are raised with a new automatic feature, folding while on the move at speeds under 31 mph. They take about nine seconds to go down while about a quarter of a minute to go up. The hoods can be wrapped up to catch parts of the water and drops it on the passenger’s head when it’s unfolded. Good thing, it’s packaging is still miles ahead of the Mark 2 version costing at around 230,000 a decade or so ago.

This new model is a bit lengthier, lower than the past versions. It provides a longer wheelbase and provides more space than its predecessor. The old model had the driver sat in the middle but this fresh model pushes the front seats too far that the wheels arch intruding the foot wells pushing the pedals back into the car’s mid part. It’s a bit twisted and unfortunate to be driving this vehicle with £1,490 optional twin-clutch, DSG transmission. Add to the misery is the fact that this manual has a six-speed box that wouldn’t be of help to its overall functionality.

To be frank, while this Beetle car isn’t really the best, VW still hopes that people would go for this, especially car enthusiasts. If you are to scrutinise its interiors, the VW has all the understated plastics and switches in it. The plastics are not as steady as the German-built Golf, sharp edges are present and the switches are too rough for the car. There are a lot of spaces for storage along with double glove boxes which seemed to be insufficient still. Elastic straps come along with the door bins but still looked like trash.

While VW thought that then instrument binnacle carrying a large speedometer in its centre would wow car lovers, you will be in awe as it comes along with ancillary gauges and rev counter. Good thing the centre of the fascia includes a nice satnav screen though. The seats are great, especially the turbo model’s wraparound perches. The rear seats houses the awkward wind deflector which takes a lot of time to be raised.

In the package are several safety features such as the standard electronic stability, an entire complement of airbags, brake assists, and the hill hold mechanism. At the back of the seats are rollover protection hoops deployed whenever inversions occur.

The engines are packed with three turbo petrol units which are displaced with 1.2, 1.4 and 2.0 litres. They are braced with turbodiesels displaced at 1.6 and 2.0 litres. It also has twin-clutch DSG units complementing transmissions with five- and six-speed manuals along with six- or seven-speed.

The vehicle is good enough for most occasions though the manual transmission is a bit stiff and irrelevant at times. The best feature is its engine flexibility as it can accommodate high gear at all times and the entire car is very economical.