Design Charismatic and hugely likeable: the Beetle Cabriolet has been radiating happiness and vitality since 1949. And the modern version follows in the tracks of the original by continuing to steal hearts.
In the same way the Beetle sports a progressive, broad-shouldered appearance, there is a distinctly sporty air about the Beetle Cabriolet, too. This is because the latest version of the Beetle Cabriolet also embraces the design idiom found in all new Volkswagen models. The hood's three-part "K-fold" design also has its roots in the past - with the addition of some technical wizardry to keep it surprisingly compact despite its broad span.
With a cabriolet, what's on the inside is every bit as important as the outside. Here, a charming sense of nostalgia blends with precision ergonomics - the harmony between the interior and the exterior becomes particularly clear when the roof is down. Expansive, colour-coordinated elements, like the trim on the steering wheels, clearly demonstrate an individual sense of style.
Colours & fabrics
The Beetle Cabriolet is a clear statement of individuality. Express yourself with a range of exciting exterior colours including Tornado Red, Habanero Orange and Blue Silk for a quirky take on a fun model. The interior colour can be specified with Titanium Black or Corn Silk Beige, both of which are easy to complement the exterior no matter what colour you pick.
'Tornado' alloy wheels
The Beetle Cabriolet sports the 18-inch 'Tornado' alloy wheels, giving a distinctly sporty feel to the car. It makes quite an impression with its stance, putting the perfect finishing touch to the design of the convertible.
Driving fun With the arrival of the first Beetle Cabriolet, open-top driving changed from being just a fun pastime into an attitude to life. The new Beetle Cabriolet lets you experience a whole new brand of dynamism, even with the roof up.
The Beetle Cabriolet has a more masculine air about it. Not only is its new sporty character plain to see, you can clearly sense it, too. The powerful yet economical engines promise fun at the wheel even on days when the roof stays up. The experience is made complete though when the hood can be opened up to reveal blue skies above, and man and machine become one on a drive through the great outdoors.
Cabriolet or coupe
The soft-top hood in Titanium Black conjures up memories of the classic Beetle hood and is bound to set pulses racing. And all the more so when it has opened fully automatically in just 9.5 seconds, so that suddenly the sky becomes the limit. The switch for the hood is located in the windscreen's roof frame and can be operated when travelling at speeds of up to 50 km/h. The roof can also be closed again while on the move, which takes only about 11 seconds.
Suitability for everyday use
Compared to its predecessor, the Beetle Cabriolet has been made somewhat broader and longer - meaning extra room and comfort. Passengers in the rear can sit more comfortably, luggage space has been increased to 225 litres and the boot's larger opening makes it easier to load, too. The folding rear bench seat, smart storage facilities, practical cup holders, lockable glove compartment, plus many more features besides make the Beetle Cabriolet eminently suitable for everyday use.
Powerful TSI engine
Underneath the bonnet of the Beetle Cabriolet is a 1.2 TSI engine with an output rating of 105 PS. This turbo-charged 1.2-litre four cylinder engine follows the downsizing principle in an extreme form, resulting in maximum power with low fuel consumption and emission values. A brisk performance is achieved via a quick-shifting 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG), with the car accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 11.7 seconds and a top speed of 178 km/h. It also has extremely low fuel consumption of 5.9 L/100km in the combined driving cycle, with a CO2 emission value of 139 g/km.
Safety You can enjoy complete peace of mind at all times in the Beetle Cabriolet, thanks to state-of-the-art technology for keeping you protected even when driving with the roof down.
Electronic stabilisation program
The electronic stabilisation programme prevents the vehicle from breaking away in situations such as cornering, driving at an excessive speed, encountering an unexpected change in the road surface (e.g. due to water or oil), or having to perform a sudden evasive manoeuvre. If there is a risk of the Beetle Cabriolet starting to skid, the system intervenes in the braking and engine management systems to keep it safely on course. It incorporates countersteering assistance along with the following safety and convenience-enhancing functions: an anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist, traction control (ASR), electronic brake force distribution (EBD), as well as engine drag torque control (MSR).
Safety in the Beetle Cabriolet is given a further boost by an active roll-over protection system, featuring a state-of-the-art design that has been made significantly lighter. The system consists of two extending modules, which are installed out of sight behind the rear backrests. Both roll-over protection modules are triggered via the central airbag deployment unit in the event of the vehicle rolling over, enabling the system to offer the occupants effective protection in a matter of a few milliseconds.
A tight parking spot with no-one to guide you in? With the ParkPilot system, you'll have all the support you need. Sensors in the front and rear bumpers alert you to any obstacles by means of both acoustic and visual signals. As you draw closer to the object, the tone's frequency quickens, eventually swelling into a continuous tone once the distance drops below 30 cm.
"Rear Assist" camera system
With the "Rear Assist" camera system, the camera is housed under the swivel badge on the boot lid to protect it, and is activated by engaging reverse gear. Static guides are also superimposed on the camera image, making it easier for you to judge precisely where the extremities of your Beetle are.
Technology The Beetle Cabriolet comes packed with the very latest technology: for more power with low CO2 emissions, more efficiency, more safety, and more comfort.
The circular headlights are classic features of the Beetle's charming face. Now, the Beetle Cabriolet sports bi-xenon headlights, incorporating both LED daytime running lights and the bi-xenon projector module for the dipped and main beam. The LED daytime running lights increase safety by making the vehicle easier to spot in difficult viewing conditions. And the standard headlight range control adjusts the range of the beams to compensate for different vehicle loads.
Powered up by TSI engine, the Beetle Cabriolet allows you to enjoy a sporty drive while doing your bit for the environment, too.
Sporty, economical and clean.
No matter which of the engines you find most appealing, you are assured of a dynamic and efficient means of propulsion. The TSI units thrill with their agility, powerful response and perfect refinement.
Driver assistance systems
Yet another example of how today's technology can make life easier: the rear-view camera helps to take some of the hard work out of parking.
Now even parking becomes a pleasure!
The optional rear-view camera is a brand new feature for the Beetle Cabriolet, and makes parking child's play. The camera is located in a protected position under the pivoting badge on the boot lid, and is activated when reverse gear is engaged. The camera's image appears in the display of the "Composition Media" audio system. Static guidelines are additionally superimposed on the image to help you correctly gauge the dimensions of your Beetle Cabriolet.
Infotainment Once you know where you are headed, you can just relax and enjoy the ride there. And that's something which is made all the more pleasurable by the infotainment systems aboard the Beetle.
Fender sound system
The Fender sound system comes as standard on the Beetle Cabriolet. The legendary American musical instrument and amplifier manufacturer worked in collaboration with Panasonic to create the Fender sound system exclusively for Volkswagen. The package consists of two tweeters each installed in the rear view mirror triangles and rear side panelling. Woofers are contained in the front doors; the woofers behind the rear side panelling have single vibration coils. In addition a subwoofer is installed in a closed bass box integrated into the boot. The heart of the sound system is the 10-channel amplifier with Class A/B output stages and 400 watts of output power.
'Composition Media' radio system
The 'Composition Media' radio has impressive features, including an easy-to-operate colour touch screen with 6.5" display and eight speakers. The system also has an integrated CD drive and various connection options for external devices: SD card slot, USB port and AUX IN media socket. The system also allows for two mobile phones to be paired via Bluetooth, providing greater flexibility of use for both driver and passenger alike.