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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 28 - 35 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

The majority of used Golf Cabriolets retain their value well and re-sale values are strong, as the last cars were sold in 2001 and it’s done most of its depreciating. Running costs are generally affordable, insurance groups are average and fuel economy is reasonable at around 35mpg. Service intervals are well spaced but servicing and some parts can be expensive.

Few cars from this era can match the Golf for endurance and Volkswagen is renowned for manufacturing solidly built cars. We haven’t heard of any major faults with it; the bodywork seems resilient and the engine is extremely robust. Regular self-maintenance is important and problems will be rare if servicing schedules are adhered to. A full service history is invaluable as it reassures buyers and increases the chances of a sale.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £270 - £330
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Insurance group Not available
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