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2005 VW New Beetle Convertible

Available in NELSON

Rent a Cool Cute Convertible!

It’s classic, it’s retro, it’s modern. The new Beetle has all the character and none of the nasty, noisy and unreliable bits of the original Beetle. And our Banana Bug looks just right in this particular colour.  They call it Mellow Yellow, (quite rightly), which perfectly sums up the cool, laid back vibe from driving this cool, cute convertible around in our stable sunshine. It can seat 4 adults with ease and cruise easy too with it’s economical but punchy 2.0 litre engine. OK it’s not exactly a sports car but it does have a tiptronic sports mode on the automatic gearbox. Even has a vase on the dash for your flower power man. 

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Features and Specification

  • 2.0 litre 
  • Automatic 6 speed with manual change and sports option
  • ABS
  • Airbags
  • Traction Control

      Ride = Comfort

  • Power Folding Roof
  • Reversing Camera
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated Glass Rear Window
  • Air Conditioning
  • CD Player
  • Seats 4
  • Luggage space = Good
  • Boot dimensions = 100 x 50 x 50 (cm LWH)
  • Boot dimensions are same with roof up or down

What's she like to drive?

Underneath the characterful flowing curves are mostly the mechanics of a Volkswagen Golf, so it drives pretty darn well. Press on sports car it’s not, but the 2.0 engine is pretty lusty and can cope with anything New Zealand roads can throw at it, jus’ fine man, especially if you chuck it into sports or manual gear change mode. It’s a smooth cruiser once warmed up, and top up the thickly insulated roof makes for a surprisingly quiet touring experience for a fabric roof convertible. 


What do I need to get used to?

Not for shrinking violets and guys will need to be pretty secure, laid back dudes when they pull up top down beside a UTE driver, but hey we know they’ll just be jealous and probably insecure anyway. This convertible has great interior space, the fold down and forward front seats giving easy access for those getting into the rear, with huge amounts of headroom for those in the front, even with the roof up. And roof up you’ll be as snug as, well, as a bug with a heated glass rear window, heated front seats and air conditioning. Putting the roof up and down is a breeze, you just press a button to access the latch, give it a twist to unlatch it and then it’s all electric from there, taking only 10 seconds, and it doesn’t consume any boot space when down. Plus there’s a button to lower and raise all 4 windows at once.


What about safety and reliability?

This is a pretty modern German convertible built with VW Golf bits so reliability comes as standard, as does ABS, traction control and plenty of airbags. Its regularly serviced and has to pass the Certificate of Fitness (CoF) test required for rental cars every 6 months. And despite the large fabric roof rear corners, your back is covered when reversing thanks to a reversing camera….or you could put the roof down in just 10 seconds to be extra sure…

What condition is she in?

Most aspects are in pretty good condition, and the fabric top is fully weatherproof. You get cool exterior colour panels around the inside the car, and the chrome trim sparkles in the sunlight. Check out the long list of luxury features in the purple tab above.


How much luggage can fit?

If there are only 2 of you, then not needing the rear seats gives a huge amount of luggage space there. The boot itself has a fair bit of space, but has a relatively small opening so it’s probably only soft luggage or small cabin suitcases in there. See the Seating & Luggage purple tab above for exact dimensions.


And the best driving tracks from the same year as the car would be?

We’ve selected the grooviest songs from the 60s for your hip trip, (road trip obviously)

  • Drive My Car – The Beatles (or maybe ‘Hey Dude“….)
  • My Cherie Amour – Stevie Wonder
  • This Guy’s in Love With You – Herb Alpert

Now we acknowledge driving music is a very subjective thing, but clearly here, we’re right. So although the Beetle does come with a CD player, there’s no aux in or Bluetooth so you’ll need to hire our portable Bluetooth Speaker, download them onto your music machine, and enjoy!


How fast will she go Mister?

Quite fast enough with a 2.0 litre engine.


How would a certain Mr Clarkson describe it?

“Great… in fantastic…it’s so lovable, it drives like a Golf GTI….”


And the RentAClassic description?

“Dig that cool convertible vibe dude….”

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