4 out of 5 4.0
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet (11-16) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £22,770 - £29,935
Used price £3,345 - £10,100
Used monthly cost From £83 per month
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £30 - £165
Insurance group 17 - 29 How much is it to insure?


  • 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

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet rivals

Written by Chris Ebbs on

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…

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet rivals

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