Used Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet (2011 - 2016) Review

Review by Chris Ebbs on
Last Updated: 02 Sep 2014
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Volkswagen’s Golf Cabriolet has earned itself a cult following since first going on sale way back in 1980 with the Mk1 model. Different iterations of the car continued to sell up until 2002 and after a nine-year absence, the manufacturer decided it was time for the drop-top version to make its return.

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet (11-16)
  • Refined drop-top drive
  • Good selection of engines
  • Light and quick soft-top roof
  • Not much fun to drive
  • Awkward boot opening
  • Little rear passenger room

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£3,287 - £10,211

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

Volkswagen’s Golf Cabriolet has earned itself a cult following since first going on sale way back in 1980 with the Mk1 model. Different iterations of the car continued to sell up until 2002 and after a nine-year absence, the manufacturer decided it was time for the drop-top version to make its return. The looks are almost identical to the Mk6 hatchback model, but the raked windscreen and lower roofline gives it that extra edge.

There’s the pick of some of the company’s best engines too, including the excellent 1.2-litre TSI petrol choice or the frugal and low-emitting 1.6-litre TDI with BlueMotion technologies.

The electrically operated, soft-top roof is one of the most impressive aspects of the car. It can be lowered and raised in around 9.5 seconds up to 18mph, which is quick, especially compared to some of its rivals. The option to go for a soft-top over a heavy hardtop means the car is lighter and despite the choice to go with the material roof, there’s no compromise on refinement in the car, whether the roof is up or down. Can the Golf Cab come back and topple its convertible competition? Read on to find out…

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

4.5 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

4 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

3.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 Roof goes up and down in about 9sec... great for the temperamental uk weather😂.  

5 out of 5

Jade Duhaney ,   04 Jun 2016    ... read more

 Economy (50+mpg) and the fact that it's almost as quiet as a hardtop in dodgy weather, but lovely when the roof can be quickly dropped, even at low speeds.  

4 out of 5

Paul Martin ,   24 Apr 2014    ... read more

 The speed of the roof, 9 seconds up or down means that even with the merest hint of sunshine the roof is down before I have manoeuvered off the driveway.  

5 out of 5

Paul Almond ,   19 Aug 2012    ... read more

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