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Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

8/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

£17,570£34,095

Driving

What is it like on the road?

Performance of the all-turbo engine range is torque-laden and easy: they’re all satisfying to drive because they make such light work of what is a reasonably heavy bodyshell. Don’t go looking in the hot ones for fruity sound effects though, for they’re oddly anodyne and the background wind noise drowns any fizz out at speed anyway. 

There’s little scuttle shake, always a bane of convertibles and part of the reason why the Golf Cab handles with such reassurance. It’s also why the open-top Golf weighs 140kg more than the hatch, mind, but this doesn’t seem to upset it on the road: The GTI in particular is an involving, communicative car – surprisingly so for a convertible – which also remains comfortable during a cruise. 

Wildcard

How about something completely different?

Wildcard

8/10

Lotus Elise

£32,720£53,920
The Lotus Elise is a real wildcard but it's more exotic than the Golf and delivers even more driver fun. It's not as practical though...
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