Choice of soft, top or topless, refined drive, superb engine.
Not entertaining to drive, limited rear room, bulky trunk opening.
Performance – There are five engines to choose from. This includes the entry level 1.2 TSI, 1.4TSI, 2.0TSI and then the 1.6 litre diesel engine - 104bhp and the 2.0 Tdi - 140bhp.
Comfort – Comfortable driver and front passenger area, minimal road and wind noise
Safety – Front, curtain, knee and side airbags, ABS, keyless entry
Running Costs – Estimated fuel cost for 10,000 miles per year: Unleaded £1,277 - £1,364, Diesel £973 - £1,132. Road tax: £30 - £135
Protection – Three years/60,000 miles
Environmental – CO2 emissions from 117 g/km and 64.2 mpg
The Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet makes a triumphant comeback in 2011. After a nine-year absence, it’s amazing to see what Volkswagen has done, especially with the DSG model. In terms of looks, this model is similar to the Mk6 hatchback model, but the deeper roof line gives it some extra oomph that a lot of people just eat up. The 1.6 litre diesel engine is nothing to shake a stick at either. This seven speed manual gearbox blows 0-62 in 8.4 seconds. Not too shabby. It’s as slick as they come. One minor flaw is that while in Sport mode, there is some lurching when shifting gears. It’s the premier choice as a vehicle with low running costs, low emissions and good safety ratings. This car offers a day to day driver with a reliable car that is durable and sporty with a drop top that also allows for summer time wind therapy.
Comfort is ideal for the driver and passengers of the Cabriolet. Comfortable seating allows for a great amount of back support. Adjustable seating and steering wheel make customization easy. Rear seating is acceptable for shorter passengers, although children should have no problem fitting. Interestingly enough, for a convertible, the Cabriolet offers a surprisingly quiet ride. Engine noise is muted, and there is limited wind and road noise. Passengers should be able to hold a decent conversation even with the top down travelling at highway speeds.
Don’t let the fact that there are no official safety scores available from Euro NCAP on the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet steers you away. Although this car is a convertible, there are plenty of safety features to boot. A hidden roll bar is located behind the rear seats and will be deployed within a fraction of a second in certain roll crashes. The driver is supplied with knee airbags, plus there are the usual front airbags for the passenger as well. Volkswagen has a covetable reputation for manufacturing especially reliable and dependable vehicles. This one is no exception.
If you are working in the city by day and a go-getter on the weekends, then this is the car for you. There is a smaller boot space of 250 litres. However, you can still fit a few overnight bags in there. The fuel consumption alone should sell you on this amazing eco-friendly vehicle. The Cabriolet boasts an amazing 64 mpg. Those weekend trips to the countryside won’t be so hard on your wallet and will actually remind you of the way it was 15 years ago when driving was a hobby and a leisurely activity. If you are concerned with protecting the planet, then you will be delighted to know that this model has low emissions.
Make a smart choice, you know you want to.