VW Golf Cabriolet 1.4 TSI review

* 1.4-litre VW Golf Cab driven * Priced from 21,430 * On sale now...

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Tom Webster
7 Feb 2012 09:50 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

The VW Golf Cabriolet range has expanded with this new 120bhp 1.4 TSI. It slots in between the turbocharged 1.2, and turbocharged and supercharged 1.4 petrols that have been available since launch.

With a six-speed manual gearbox, the Cabriolet averages 44.1mpg and emits a respectable 149g/km of CO2, while the optional DSG semi-auto box improves economy to 44.8mpg and cuts emissions to 147g/km.

Whats it like to drive? Increased wind- and road noise ensure the Cabriolet's not as quiet as the hatchback, but the engine is quiet and unobtrusive, both at tickover and while on the move.

It's not an especially quick car, but the engine revs freely up to the limiter, and will pull happily from low revs if you need a short shot of acceleration. It's strong enough, too, and never feels like it's struggling with the Golfs weight.

Losing the hatchback's metal roof inevitably affects rigidity and there's the odd shudder when the Cabriolet hits sharp bumps. However, the ride is mostly comfortable and the steering remains consistent and reassuring.

Whats it like inside? Top-down refinement is impressive when the wind blocker is fitted not so impressive is the fact that it renders the rear seats unusable.

The boot holds just 250 litres, but you can drop the rear seats to boost loadspace to a more usable capacity.

The dashboard is smart and well laid out, and theres plenty of sea- and steering wheel adjustment to help you get comfortable.

Should I buy one? If you want a drop-top to excite your senses, then we'd suggest you look elsewhere. However, the Golf Cabriolet is a classy and comfortable choice, and this new 1.4-litre model is the best version yet, thanks to its balance of performance, refinement and affordability.

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