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The Top Gear car review:Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet
For:Appealing Golf cabrio that looks good and drives well
Against: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.