Hoping to capitalise on the recent great weather, Volkswagen has launched the Golf Cabriolet once again after discontinuing the last model in 2002.
Between 1979 and 2002 some 684,000 rag-top Golfs were produced. And some people hadn’t realised it had gone away, thinking of the Eos coupe convertible as a Golf cabrio in all but name. And it kind of was. But now there is a real Golf Cabriolet again — and it’s a folding fabric soft top, just like the original.
Slotting into VW’s range below the Eos, which continues in production, the Golf is 20cm (about 8 inches) shorter than Golf-based Eos. Still, with the same wheelbase as the hatchback it has ample room for four passengers. A 50:50 split rear seat also means it can carry bags too, up to 250 litres with the roof down in fact. That’s 15 litres more than the Eos.
The electrically folding fabric hood not only means more boot space than an equivalent folding hard-top, but faster up and down times as there is no deck lid to worry about. Getting the sun on your bonce need take no longer than 9.5 seconds and the roof can even be lowered at speeds of up to 18mph.
The new Golf Cabriolet will be available with a choice of three engines: 1.2 TSI 105PS and 1.4 TSI 160PS petrol engines and a 1.6 litre 105PS TDI diesel. A further petrol and two diesels will be offered later in the year. DSG automatic transmission will be offered while BlueMotion Technology modifications will be applied to the diesel engines to enable them to achieve 64.2mpg combined with emissions of just 117g/km of CO2.
The Golf Cabriolet range starts from £20,720 on the road for the entry level 1.2 TSI. That’s about £1,200 less than the cheapest VW Eos (a 1.4 TSI). And we think it’s much better looking. Orders are being taken now for deliveries on the new plate in September.