Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

From launch there are three engines to choose from. This includes the entry level 1.2-litre TSI petrol with 104bhp fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox. The turbocharged unit does need to be worked a little to get the best out of it (it takes 11.7s to go from zero to 62mph), but it’s still a good little engine which is more than adequate for cruising around with the roof down and holds its own on the motorway too.

The ‘box is a smooth unit, although you may find yourself having to drop one or two gears when faced with an incline. There is also the 1.4-litre TSI with 158bhp that comes with the choice of a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG auto ‘box. It offers the extra bit of pace missing in the 1.2-litre choice and is a little bit more refined than the lower-powered choice.

It will also hit 62mph mark 3 seconds quicker, posting a time of 8.4 to hit the benchmark. The seven-speed DSG is as slick as we’ve come to expect from the manufacturer’s automatic offering, although in ‘Sport’ mode there is a bit of a lurching when it does change gear. The final offering from launch is the 1.6-litre diesel with 104bhp and this gets a five-speed manual gearbox.

It’s the top option for low-running costs with decent economy and low emissions. The choice of a diesel with a convertible might seem a strange pairing, but it’s a fairly refined engine and doesn’t disturb the drop-top peace too much. It offers a decent amount of low-down pull and once up to motorway speeds will cruise along happily. These are joined by three more engines later on with two more petrol options including another 1.4 TSI, this one with 120bhp with the choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed DSG automatic.

Then there is a range-topping 2.0 TSI petrol producing 207bhp that comes with a six-speed DSG and finally a second diesel choice will be available – a 2.0-TDI delivering 138bhp that gets a six-speed manual or optional six-speed DSG auto ‘box.

If you’re after a convertible with plenty of driving involvement and engagement, then the Golf Cabriolet isn’t for you. An interesting drive has been substituted for comfort and convenience for the driver. However, anyone looking for excitement with the roof down should be looking for a roadster rather than a soft-top hatch. This car offers a sensible daily driver with the option for some summer time showing off when needed.

Despite the sedate feel, the car does grip well making it composed, although there is some body lean in the corners. We found the steering to be precise and sharp on our twisty test routes and the body feels nice and rigid, a criticism sometimes aimed at convertibles. The ride is comfortable too, and only the most undulating surfaces will give you any real problems.