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Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet review

£18,325 - £39,520
Published: 13 Jan 2015
Attractive cabrio variant of the huge Golf range is good looking and good to drive

Good stuff

Appealing Golf cabrio that looks good and drives well

Bad stuff

Some of the quicker versions are hardly cheap, practicality could be better


What is it?

Like your open-top VW with a folding soft top? Then the Golf Cabriolet is for you. Cheaper and more compact than the folding hard-top Eos, it’s the more youthful of the two and even has a hot range-topper, the drop-top GTI. Yes, VW also offers the Beetle Cabriolet in this sector, but you don’t need to second-guess which we think is the cooler, smarter choice. 

The GTI is the smartest of the lot. There’s never been a genuine Golf GTI Cabriolet before: the 1980s MkI had a GTI variant, but only in the UK. This time round, the crack GTI team have given it a full makeover, signposted by GTI red-trimmed radiator grille, bulging GTI bumpers, 17-inch alloys, twin-exit exhausts – yes, even the tartan-trimmed seats make a return.

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Our choice from the range

What's the verdict?

After a classy cabrio but don't have Audi-like cash? Try this. GTI expensive but worth it; R perhaps not

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