VW Golf Cabrio

The Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet has claimed its first honour, the prize of Open-top Car of the Year at the Scottish Car of the Year awards.

When presenting the prize, the judges from the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers commented: ‘Scots love to make the most of the sunshine as quickly and as easily as possible, so our winner has to have a fast moving roof. It also needs to keep the weather at bay on those rare occasions when the sun doesn’t shine in Scotland.

‘An entertaining drive is a must, as are pocket-friendly running costs. Our drop top of the year delivers all of this and even lets you take more than just one friend along for the fun.’

The VW Golf Cabrio, which is back after a nine year absence, was first shown in March of this year at the Geneva Motor Show and is a two-door, four-seater convertible. It is fitted as standard with an electrically-powered fabric roof. which can be lowered in just 9.5 seconds even when travelling at speeds up to 18 mph. 

Volkswagen is one of the world’s most successful producers of convertibles with total sales of around 1.42 million units. The Golf made up a good proportion of these sales between 1979 and 2002 when 684,000 VW Golf Cabrios were sold.