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 to drive with a very compliant ride and no scuttle-shake - in this respect much better than a Merc cabriolet I had before. The DSG changes gear very smoothly and helps consumption as it will shift into 7th as low as 30mph. The roof operation is very quick and it's great that it will even work without having to stop and apply the handbrake - even without the wind deflector there is little buffeting below 70mph and there's plenty of room for 4 people (although the boot will only accommodate 2 people's luggage). The engine is very smooth and the car is remarkably quiet, unless you put your foot down when the exhaust makes some beautiful music with a kind of "pop" as the DSG shifts up. My only criticisms are the clunky GPS (RNS 315), front sensors which need to be turned on each time you park and automatic headlamps which are rather slow in dipping and reverting to main beam. Amazingly I got nearly 18% discount plus a 5-year loan at a 2% fixed rate interest from VW Bank. Apparently the car was ear-marked for sale at the motor show but came back unsold. So obviously the recession isn't all bad news!
We only took delivery of our new cabriolet this month with optional onyx white paint ( looks absolutely stunning and cannot be compared to the standard white paint), red leather interior ( again, the brochure photo of the leather doesn't do it any justice) and front of lights. The car comes with DSG automatic gearbox and it an absolute pleasure to drive. The wind noise with roof down is fantastic and even better with the standard wind deflector in our SE version. The ride on the standard 17" wheels is great too. The standard specification in the SE is endless which is a really nice touch. More importantly, the rear space for our kids ( two ten year olds) is very good. I'm 6.2 foot and when I'm driving, they still have got plenty of rear legroom. It's too early to judge on mpg but the first miles have not been disappointing. Overall, a very good cabriolet for relatively good value for money.
“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 week. Looks? The beas! And the hidden pop-up roll over protection makes it more gorgeous (I think) than the Audi A3 Cabrio, plus leaves better rear visibility. Cabin is perfect and the GT comes with Climate Control, multi function steering wheel, Parking Assist, front fogs and... the list goes on. Alcantara Sports seats look and feel fantastic: no need to pay a fortune for leather. Practicality? Don’t tour Europe with 2 in the back, but average sized adults should be comfortable there on medium journeys. Reasonable boot, no change in its size roof up or down. The drive? Also great, with a smoother TSi engine than my Mark V Golf GT and I didn’t notice the 10 less HP, nor any obvious body flex. Roof up, no radio playing, I admit hearing some wind noise at 70 MPH, but very little as the hood is 3 layered. I’ve guessed a mark for running costs, but TSi engines are small (but turboed) so economic to run, but the GT won’t be the most economic model. Price? Not cheap, but competitive and good value. I’ve wanted a cabrio for ever but they’ve always been too pricey, too cramped in the back, too ugly with huge boots. But the Golf, could it finally be magic? Could it? I think it could and mine arrives towards the end of the year. I’m praying hard for some crispy winter days and dreaming of many sunny springs, summers and autumns to come.
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