Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

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We were rather uncertain about the look of the Golf Cabriolet when we got the pictures last week.

Having seen it in the metal at the Geneva motor show, it still looks like an Eos in a hall of mirrors.

It's based on the same platform as the Eos, but is shorter. There's still space in the cabin for four, however, because it uses a more space-efficient soft top rather than a folding metal roof. That also means more boot space.

You don't have to pull and fold the roof away yourself electro-hydraulics take care of that in 9.5 seconds and you can even operate it safely at up to 18mph.

Unlike previous Golf cabrios it doesn't have horrible roll-over hoops. If the worse does happen, the hoops now spring up into action to protect the occupants.

Six direct-injection turbocharged petrol and diesel engines are available, although it isn't yet certain if theyll all be offered in the UK. Power outputs span 103bhp to 207bhp, while the most economical 1.6 diesel will comfortably exceed 60mpg with CO2 emissions of 117g/km that means just 30 VED tax for 12 months.

Expect to pay from around 18,000 or 19,000 for the car, which is available to order from July with the first deliveries in September. Don't forget, though, that there's also a new Beetle on the way, although you might have to wait until next spring to get your hands on that.