Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (2013–2019)

Model History

October 2012

Volkswagen launches the Beetle Cabriolet

The new model incorporates design cues from the modern Volkswagen line-up: the air inlet under the bumper, the flat contour of the hood’s bottom edge and in particular the tail lights show the car’s close family ties.

Another feature contributing to the special charm of the new Beetle Cabriolet is the traditional soft top. When open it lies very flat, enabling good vision to the rear. Despite its compact construction, the top is very wide and elongated in shape. It opens and closes entirely automatically (on all models) within around 10 seconds, including on the move.

Standard on the Beetle Cabriolet is a soft-top cover, which, if desired, tucks the opened top neatly away. Surrounding chrome trim accentuates the borders between steel and fabric. As in other Beetle models, the compact instrument panel with an extra-large round instrument cluster and several nostalgic elements, such as the additional glovebox, create a markedly different design inside the new Beetle Cabriolet as well.

With its spacious and comfortably designed interior the Beetle Cabriolet is a real four-seat vehicle. The 225 litre boot includes a fold-down symmetrically split rear bench seat which allows bigger items to be transported even when the roof is closed.

To provide added safety in the event of a rollover accident, Volkswagen has developed an active rollover protection system. It consists of two extendable modules fitted inside the vehicle in concealed fashion behind the back of the rear bench seat. If the car were to roll over, the two rollover modules would be activated via the central airbag triggering unit. Along with the fixed A-pillars, they provide effective protection for the occupants of all four seats within a matter of milliseconds. Another extra safety feature is the standard front and head-thorax airbag system.

The new Beetle Cabriolet will be available with seven engines. he entry-level engine is a highly efficient 1.2-litre TSI with 105PS. Straight after launch, the BlueMotion Technology version of this petrol engine will also be available. The other petrol options are the lively 1.4-litre TSI and the 2.0-litre version, producing 160 and 200PS respectively. Diesel engines comprise a 1.6-litre TDI with 105PS (also available as a BlueMotion Technology version) and a 2.0-litre TDI with 140PS.

November 2012

New Beetle Cabriolet prices announced

The Beetle’s standard equipment list includes ESP electronic stabilisation programme including brake assist and hill hold features, and a network of airbags as well as a standard rollover protection system, which pops up from behind the rear head restraints in milliseconds if certain lateral acceleration or tilt values are exceeded.

Three trim levels available in the UK: Beetle, Design and Sport. The 1.2-litre TSI and 1.6-litre TDI engines are offered in Beetle or Design trim and the 1.4-litre TSI and 2.0-litre TDI engines come in Design or Sport trim. The range-topping 2.0-litre TSI 200 PS is available only in the Sport model. Specification levels are high: the standard Beetle comes with air conditioning, remote central locking, an RCD 310 CD system with DAB radio, rear Isofix seat preparation and a rear spoiler.

Moving to the mid-level Design trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels in a choice of two styles, Bluetooth telephone preparation with MDI (multi-device interface) iPod connectivity, front fog lights, an alarm, an RCD 510 DAB CD/radio, multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel and body-coloured door and dashboard panels.

The range-topping Sport specification brings 18-inch alloys in a choice of two styles, cruise control, sports seats, parking sensors, gloss black door mirrors, dashboard and door panels, 2Zone electronic climate control and additional sports instrument dials on the top of the dashboard.

A wide range of optional equipment is available, including Keyless Access, satellite navigation systems and bi-xenon headlights. The option that is expected to make the biggest impact is the Fender sound pack. Developed with the legendary electric guitar firm of the same name, this audiophile’s delight offers a 400W output and a subwoofer, along with switchable three-colour illumination surrounding the front loudspeakers.

For launch, three special edition Beetle Cabriolet models have been created: the stylish ‘50s Edition’, the cool ‘60s Edition’ and the elegant ‘70s Edition’. The ‘50s’ comes exclusively in Monochrome Black paint, with black-painted ‘Orbit’ 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome door mirrors, a black hood and black or beige leather upholstery. The ‘60s’ is available with ‘Denim Blue’ or ‘Candy White’ bodywork, a black hood and blue-and-black or red-and-black leather. The ‘70s’ model has beige leather upholstery and a beige hood to match, along with chrome door mirrors and ‘Java Brown Metallic’ paint. Every special edition model is offered with a 1.4-litre TSI 160 PS engine and six-speed manual gearbox.

Trim
level

Engine
derivative

CO 2 ,
g/km

Combined
mpg

Price,
£ RRP OTR

Beetle

1.2-litre TSI 105 PS 6 spd manual

142

46.3

18,150

Beetle

1.6-litre TDI 105 PS BlueMotion Technology 5 spd manual

118

62.8

19,970

Design

1.2-litre TSI 105 PS 6 spd manual

142

46.3

20,525

Design

1.2-litre TSI 105 PS 7 spd DSG

139

47.9

21,970

Design

1.4-litre TSI 160 PS 6 spd manual

158

41.5

22,415

Design

1.6-litre TDI 105 PS BlueMotion Technology 5 spd manual

118

62.8

22,040

Design

1.6-litre TDI 105 PS BlueMotion Technology 7 spd DSG

124

60.1

23,500

Design

2.0-litre TDI 140 PS 6 spd manual

134

55.4

23,145

Design

2.0-litre TDI 140 PS 6 spd DSG

145

50.4

24,635

Sport

1.4-litre TSI 160 PS 6 spd manual

158

41.5

24,050

Sport

2.0-litre TDI 140 PS 6 spd manual

134

55.4

24,780

Sport

2.0-litre TDI 140 PS 6 spd DSG

145

50.4

26,270

Sport

2.0-litre TSI 200 PS 6 spd manual

177

37.2

24,975

Sport

2.0-litre TSI 200 PS 6 spd DSG

183

35.8

26,485

50s

1.4-litre TSI 160 PS 6 spd manual

158

41.5

24,655

60s

1.4-litre TSI 160 PS 6 spd manual

158

41.5

25,875

70s

1.4-litre TSI 160 PS 6 spd manual

158

41.5

25,450

What does a Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (2013 – 2019) cost?