The Golf Cabriolet undercuts the Eos coupe-cabriolet, and is competitively priced compared with rivals from other manufacturers. What’s more, it’s lighter than the Eos, so is slightly cleaner and more efficient. The 1.6-litre diesel Bluemotion model particularly, averaging more than 62mpg and qualifying for a lowly company car tax rating. Resale values should be strong on all but the outrageously overpriced Golf R.
Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet quality & reliability
Most of the Cabriolet’s interior is lifted straight from other Golfs, which means it feels classy and durable. The upper dashboard is particularly tactile, but even tucked-away plastics are fairly smart. Volkswagen has a good record in the annual JD Power customer satisfaction survey, but in the 2012 study, owners merely rated it as average for reliability.
Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet safety & security
The list of standard safety kit includes twin- front- and side airbags and a driver’s knee ’bag. What’s more, a stability control system is on hand to prevent skids, and rollover bars pop up from behind the back seats if it looks like the car is going to flip. All this helped the car achieve a five-star crash rating from Euro NCAP. The fabric roof is more vulnerable to thieves than a folding metal one, but you do get deadlocks and an alarm.