Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet Review — Volkswagen Golf Cabrio VI

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Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet

The argument about who really the hot-hatch craze will rage on indefinitely, but there’s no who really took the genre and it a proper success. Volkswagen the original Golf
GTI in 1975 to reviews and bulging order So it’s surprising that this new model arrived in there’d only ever one Golf GTI cabriolet before – the one going out of production in 1993.

the showroom floor there’s a scuttle shake or chassis like chop-top chassis’ before. Complete with tartan cloth and the optional DSG automatic gearbox we braved the and lowered the roof of our £30,765 to see if it’s been worth the


If there’s one thing VW always get bang-on it’s and the Golf GTI cab is no different. Red pinstriping for the can be lost on red cars, as ours but it harks back to the original MK1 GTI and instantly sets off petrolheads’ memories of this car’s A set of 18inch alloy wheels and exhaust pipes finish it while the inside sports GTI badging, red leather stitching and tartan seats.

The roof is expertly designed and while it does shift car’s aggressive look raised, it is incredibly well inside and quiet on the move – more so than similarly rivals. Smooth and quick in and available to swap between and open-air at speeds up to 18mph, really no penalty to pay in refinement a tin-top GTI .


The VW Golf GTI has the same amount of adjustment to the seat and wheel as found in the MK6 Golf, so getting comfortable the wheel is no problem. Those in the will find a little room than they’d for, the feeling exacerbated the roof is raised. The dark and small rear windows it feel more claustrophobic it really is. Still the controls are the switchgear delightfully solid and finished in high quality Lowering the roof increases the of room in the cabin for all, and the news is that it doesn’t on the 250-litre boot space stowed.

Performance handling

Such an nameplate suggests this car really reward the keen, but in case tanned, petrolhead and the GTI Cabriolet doesn’t disappoint. The DSG can dull the sense of urgency accelerating, but in truth that’s down to the smoothness of its shifts. out the speedometer and you’ll soon that this chop-top is speed very quickly – certainly the book time of 7.3 from 0-62mph seems believable.

If you want to feel involved in the process the gearbox offer manual manipulation via the lever or more convenient wheel-mounted paddles. There’s not a huge amount of feedback and through the rim, but the weighting is and consistent.

You do lose the hatchback’s adaptive system should you opt for the fabric GTI, but the standard suspension strikes a neat balance comfort and ultimate driving Turn in is sharp and the standard XDS front differential quells effectively, even for the most ham helmsman. And despite losing roof there’s little in the way of or rattles unless travelling an incredibly rough surface. In while the hatchback GTI is marginally at the extreme end, for most and instances the convertible is perfectly of engaging and exciting those the wheel.

Economy environment

the power (205bhp) this turbocharged engine provides, the efficiency numbers are rather Truth be told the manual models are slightly more driven in the correct manner, but the 180g/km and 36.7mpg figures for auto are worth shouting That means annual tax will be a reasonable £220, and a light right foot you can around 450 miles between petrol station fill up. The GTI go as far as VW’s Bluemotion models to eek out in this department, but lessons in those green models, as aerodynamic tweaks and for manual a gearchange indicator, definitely

Volkswagen Golf Cabrio VI

Equipment value

Costing £30,000 (with the DSG gearbox you’d expect the Golf GTI to be well equipped, and it is. On top of the GTI detailing cloth seats, subtle alloy wheels, bodykit, suspension and exhaust pipes) the spec includes cruise front and rear parking dual-zone climate control and connectivity.

The roof is electric, as are all windows, and only takes 9.5 to lower. The excellent rear-view camera only adds £170 and is well worth while the £1,785 touchscreen is a nice but expensive addition.


The Mk6 Golf Cabriolet been subjected to Euro test procedure, but it shares of its technology in this department the hatchback, which achieved stars. Five airbags ESP, active head and a roll-over protection system to occupants of this convertible are as safe as they would be in the


It used to be the convertible of hardtop models were seen as dynamic dunces, but not really the case here. the hatchback Golf GTI is fractionally but the differences are so minor that drivers won’t notice – in real-world road conditions. And the manual models might be more involving, the ease of quick shifts and improved of the DSG automatic gearbox make it a addition.

So while this MK6 model be considered a generation behind the hatchback (a new GTI hatch is due in the middle of it has no natural rivals and feels but old hat. Lets hope we a good summer.

Volkswagen Golf Cabrio VI
Volkswagen Golf Cabrio VI
Volkswagen Golf Cabrio VI
Volkswagen Golf Cabrio VI
Volkswagen Golf Cabrio VI


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