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For This engine is smooth and willing, and gives the VW Golf 1.2 TSI 105 S reasonable performance.

Against That performance is no better than reasonable - at times, the engine can feel rather underpowered in a car as heavy as this.

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

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4 out of 5 stars

The VW Golf 1.2 TSI 105 S is a good choice if you rate economy above performance, However, a more powerful model will be more fun.

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Key facts

11.7 secs
Top speed
116 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

Volkswagen now offers two convertibles that are a similar size and price: the VW Golf Cabriolet and the Eos. However, the question of which car is better largely comes down to whether you prefer the speed and convenience of the Golf’s fabric hood – it folds away in just 9.5 seconds and can be operated on the move – or the extra security and refinement that the Eos’s metal roof brings.

Assuming you decide on the Golf, there will be a wide range of engines and three trims to choose from. Our favourite all round is the 1.4 TSI 122 SE, but the 1.4 TSI 160 GT is also a very good bet for those who want more fun. For even more fun, there’s the 208bhp GTI version.

As with all Volkswagens, the Golf Cabriolet comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty that covers unlimited mileage for the first two years. You also get RAC roadside assistance in the UK, and European cover for a year.

Reader test team says:

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1.4 TSI 160 GT 2dr

I've owned this car for a month. Drives like a Golf and has the quality feel you'd expect. Looks better in the flesh particularly with GT spec alloys…

Daniel Nicholls

4 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1.2 TSI 105 S 2dr

Bought this car for my wife in October 2012. It is metallic black with grey leather and has the DSG7 gearbox, Xenons, GPS etc. The car is really nice…

Peter Guymer

5 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1.4 TSI 122 SE 2dr

We only took delivery of our new cabriolet this month with optional onyx white paint ( looks absolutely stunning and cannot be compared to the…

Bram van den Berg

5 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1.4 TSI 160 GT 2dr

“Could it be magic?” So went an old song and I'm asking myself the same question about the new VW Golf Cabrio GT (158HP) which I test drove the other…

Keith Wood-Smith

5 out of 5 stars
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