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Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

The Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet dates back to 1979 when a convertible version of the VW hatchback was commissioned from Karmann. The new car shares a similar look but is considerably larger than the original. It also loses the basket-handle roll bar typified by all previous Golf Cabrio’s. The soft-top is fast acting and folds away neatly. It also offers great sound and heat insulation that is comparable with the hatchback.

The standard equipment level is great and the interior beautifully finished and well equipped if a little conservative. Dynamically hard to fault, the VW Golf Cabrio is a very easy to drive car and makes light work of town driving with the occupants stress-free in great comfort.

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet Details

Production dates2011-current

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1.2 TSi

The 1.2 litre VW Golf Cabriolet is the least costly way of getting your hands on the Volkswagen Golf drop-top. The TSi engine is no power-house but it is zesty and characterful with noticeably more go at higher revs. The 1.6 diesel feels much more lethargic despite the two being equally matched on paper. Fuel economy of the 1.2 is also good and the whole car has a great feel of quality.

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1.2 TSi Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine size1197 cc
Power105@5000 ps
Torque129@1550-4100 lb.ft
Transmission type6-spd manual
Kerb Weight1416 kg
UK Retail pricefrom £22,765
UK Insurance group15

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1.2 TSi Performance

Max Speed (Manual)117 mph
0-60mph (Manual)- seconds
0-100kmph (Manual)11.7 seconds

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1.2 TSi Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)47.9 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)139 g/km

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1.4 TSi

The petrol engine in the VW Golf Cabriolet 1.4 TSi balances economy with a decent amount of power. While it isn't as quick as the 1.4 GT it is still capable of competent performance. Fuel economy is excellent and the car is very refined to drive. The Golf has a premium car feel and a handsome interior. There is a choice of 6 speed manual or VW's excellent 7 speed DSG paddle shift (with full auto option) gearbox.

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1.4 TSi Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine size1390 cc
Power158@5800 ps
Torque177@1500-4500 lb.ft
Transmission type6-spd manual/7-spd DSG
Kerb Weight1456 kg
UK Retail pricefrom £22,765
UK Insurance group19

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1.4 TSi Performance

Max Speed (Manual)122 mph
Max Speed (Auto)122 mph
0-100kmph (Manual)10.5 seconds
0-100kmph (Auto)10.5 seconds

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1.4 TSi Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)44.1 mpg
EU Combined MPG (Auto)44.8 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)149 g/km
CO2 Emissions (Auto)147 g/km

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet GT 1.4 TSi

At its launch the GT's 1.4 petrol engine was the most powerful available for the Golf Cabriolet. It may sound tiny but it manages a full 160 hp thanks to 16 valves with variable inlet timing and a crank-driven supercharger. It gives the convertible Golf an impressive turn of speed without over-stresing the chassis. Performance is similar to what you would expect from a 2 litre unit but the fuel consumption is a far more friendly figure.

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet GT 1.4 TSi Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine size1390 cc
Power160@5800 ps
Torque177@1500-4500 lb.ft
Transmission type6-spd manual / 7-spd DSG
Kerb Weight1456 kg
UK Retail pricefrom £26,715
UK Insurance group31

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet GT 1.4 TSi Performance

Max Speed (Manual)134 mph
Max Speed (Auto)134 mph
0-100kmph (Manual)8.4 seconds
0-100kmph (Auto)8.4 seconds

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet GT 1.4 TSi Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)44.1 mpg
EU Combined MPG (Auto)44.8 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)150 g/km
CO2 Emissions (Auto)148 g/km

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1.6 TDi

VW injects a bit of its Bluemotion technology into the 1.6 diesel Golf Cabriolet to produce exceptionally low fuel consumption and emissions. Particularly impressive considering this is a solid and weighty vehicle. It moves along at a reasonable pace but certainly couldn't be called a sports car. It is most at home eating up the miles on long trips where the smooth suspension and light steering make it a pleasure to drive.

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1.6 TDi Specifications

Fuel typeDiesel
Engine size1598 cc
Power105@4400 ps
Torque184@1500-2500 lb.ft
Transmission type5-spd Manual
Kerb Weight1501 kg
UK Retail pricefrom £23,540
UK Insurance group17

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1.6 TDi Performance

Max Speed (Manual)117 mph
0-100kmph (Manual)12.1 seconds

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1.6 TDi Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)64.2 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)117 g/km

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 2.0 TDi

With a punchy turbo diesel engine, the VW Golf Cabriolet 2.0 TDi is not only a good performer, it is also economical and refined. It is a pleasure to drive and even at tick-over it is hard to tell there isn't a petrol engine purring away up front. Keep it within its power band and there is fun to be had with lots of torque to get you off the line and the turbo providing a whoosh of power as you accelerate.

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 2.0 TDi Specifications

Fuel typeDiesel
Engine size1968 cc
Power140@4200 ps
Torque236@1750-2500 lb.ft
Transmission type6-spd manual / 6-spd DSG
Kerb Weight1521 kg
UK Retail pricefrom £25,990
UK Insurance group21

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 2.0 TDi Performance

Max Speed (Manual)129 mph
Max Speed (Auto)127 mph
0-100kmph (Manual)9.9 seconds
0-100kmph (Auto)9.9 seconds

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 2.0 TDi Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)62.8 mpg
EU Combined MPG (Auto)55.4 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)119 g/km
CO2 Emissions (Auto)134 g/km
Power105@4400 ps

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4 Owner Reviews

Do you drive a Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet? Would you recommend it to others? Why not leave a comment to let us know what you think of the car. This Volkswagen has 4 owner reviews.

  1. Gary Shapland says:

    I’ve recently taken delivery of my new 1.6 SE VW Golf Cabriolet and it’s even better than I had even anticipated. I had a gold cabriolet many many years ago, one of the originals and loved it to bits until it had to go due to getting wed and having children. The children are of an age now where I can grab at the last youth I have and when VW announced the rebirth of the Golf cabriolet, I just had to have one. Well done VW, Excellent JOB!

  2. Debbie says:

    Heck yes I’d drive one. If the VW Golf Diesel Convertible was available in the states, there would be no Audi A5 Cabriolet in my garage!

  3. KLD says:

    I want to buy one of these!! But not going to be sold in the U.S.!!!!! Why?

  4. Nikki says:

    When will the VW Golf Cabriolet convertible be available in the USA?
    Are they available for purchase in Mexico?
    Thanks

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