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For The GTI’s engine gives you stunning pace and flexibility thanks to its strong low- and mid-range pull. Like any Golf GTI, the cabin has all the quality you could wish for.

Against Not as rigid or as sharp to drive as the hatchback version, and costs considerably more. Ultimately, it makes less sense than other versions.

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

A good choice of fast convertible, but the high price puts it in the territory of premium-badged rivals from Audi and BMW.

What Car? readers say

4.75


Key facts

0–60mph
7.3 secs
Top speed
147 mph
Average mpg
37.2
Tank range
450 miles
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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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