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The Top Gear car review:Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

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


Appealing Golf cabrio that looks good and drives well


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.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 TSI 310 R 3dr AWD DSG
4.6s 160g/km 40.4 310 £34,410
The cheapest
1.2 TSI S 3dr
11.9s 113g/km 57.6 85 £17,570
The greenest
e-Golf 5dr Auto
9.6s 0g/km 135 £33,185
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