Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet Road Test

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

Volkswagen Golf Review

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We thought the quality of the interior materials and the overall build quality where first rate.

Comfort and Refinement

Roof up or down the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet is a refined and comfortable place to be, noise levels with the roof up are kept to a minimum with an insulated fabric roof.

We thought the quality of the interior materials and the overall build quality where first rate.

As you would expect on the current top of the range model the GT models that we tested were equipped with dual zone climate control, ultrasonic front and rear parking sensors, audible and reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on the passenger's door mirror and automatic coming / leaving home lighting function; dusk sensor, automatic driving lights, rain sensor and automatic dimming interior rear-view mirror.

Safety and Security

The Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet has just been awarded Euro NCAP's highest five star safety rating for adult, child and pedestrian protection.

Whenever we are presented with a convertible, roll over safety is of paramount importance to us - the VW Golf Cabriolet as with the EOS has a Roll Over Protection system which engages from behind the rear seats when the vehicle exceeds a predefined transverse acceleration or tilt angle, it is pretty quick taking less than 0.25 seconds to deploy. In redesigning the system for the Golf Cabriolet, the two deployable modules were designed to be significantly more compact, meaning that for the first time on a Volkswagen cabriolet with deployable rollover protection, it was possible to implement a cargo pass-through with a width of 526 mm and a height of 381 mm, plus a folding rear seatback. Previously, there was just a ski pass-through in this area.

In addition to the active rollover protection system there is ABS, ESP, airbags all round and a driver's knee airbag fitted as standard to all Golf Cabriolets.

Remote central locking and an alarm is standard equipment and thoughtfully the alarm works with the roof open or closed.


Our test cars were fitted with the optional (£720) RNS 315 touch screen Satellite Navigation / Radio System which is coupled to a 5” colour screen, MP3 compatible CD player with six speakers, an SD card reader and AUX-in socket for connection to an external multimedia source.

We were not that enthusiastic about the system and the interface was not that intuitive to operate but at £720 for a plumbed in system it seems good value and would be on our options list.

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What We Liked
  • Interior and exterior styling
  • Build quality
  • The overall driving experience
  • The available boot space with the fabric soft roof fold down
What We Disliked
  • Boot aperture would preclude a large rigid suitcase but that is easily overcome
  • Expensive Leather option (£1,960), we much preferred the Alcantara Interior, which is standard on the GT model.
  • The options 'packs' would soon add up - we spent just under £6,000 to specify the car we would want to own, oh we could live without leather so £4,000.

The Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet is back and in our opinion it is the class leader. We drove a 1980's Golf Cabriolet back to back with the 2011 Golf Cabriolet and where the 1980's offering was a lot of fun and brought back memories you soon realise how cars have evolved and the Golf Cabriolet is no exception. It is great to drive and undoubtedly will be rewarding to own. At £26,595 for the GT 1.4-litre TSI 160 PS 7-speed DSG it isn't a cheap car but it is a lot of fun and what price can you put on that - you only live once.

9 September 2011 Melanie Carter
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Volkswagen Golf Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVolkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1.4 TSI GT
Body TypeConvertible
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph8.4 seconds
Top Speed 134 mph
Transmission7-Speed DSG
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban34.0 mpg
Extra Urban52.3 mpg
Combined44.1 mpg
Insurance Group31E
Euro NCAP Rating5 Stars
Warranty3 years / 60,000 miles
Price (when tested on the 09/09/11)£25,295

The information contained within this Volkswagen Golf review may have changed since publication on the 9 September 2011. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Volkswagen dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2018