Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

There is no official safety score from Euro NCAP for the Golf Cabriolet, but despite the absence of a hard roof, there is plenty of safety kit on offer. The early versions came with the recognisable fixed roll bar; however, this is now hidden behind the rear seats and is deployed in 0.25seconds of the vehicle reaching a predefined angle when it rolls.

There are the usual front airbags and drivers also get a knee airbag too. The Cabriolet also comes with side head-thorax airbags, which deploy next to the driver and front passenger and covers the entire height of the car’s interior. The manufacturer has also reinforced the body and stability control is standard.

This is never going to be a strong point for a fairly small convertible, although it is still usable. Having a soft-top means that space in the back isn’t compromised when it’s folded down because it folds in on itself in a Z-shape. With the roof up or down there is 250 litres of bootspace on offer: this will fit a couple of weekend bags with ease, although the narrow opening to put them through does make things a little more awkward.

Space in the cabin is also at a premium with the glovebox and door cubbies offering the most practical spaces. Despite having just three doors, rear passengers also get a small side storage that can fit a 500ml bottle in quite easily. The rear seats fold 50:50 meaning that if you do have anything a little longer than the average suitcase you can get it in the back and still take one passenger with you.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet (11-16).

  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

GT equipment

GT standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sports seats
GT optional equipment
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav

S equipment

S standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
S optional equipment
  • Climate control

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Parking sensors
SE optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts