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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet (12-16) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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PROS

Assured handling, dual-clutch gearbox smooth and refined, roof quick to raise or lower

CONS

Other Golf Convertible versions are nearly as quick and cheaper to run

At a glance

New price £30,305 - £32,835
Used price £7,095 - £15,590
Used monthly cost £175 - £385
Fuel economy 36 - 43 mpg
Road tax cost £200 - £260
Insurance group 35 - 37 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Assured handling, dual-clutch gearbox smooth and refined, roof quick to raise or lower

CONS

Other Golf Convertible versions are nearly as quick and cheaper to run

Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet rivals

The VW Golf GTI Cabriolet is all about performance and the stats speak for themselves: it is capable of reaching 62mph in 7.3 seconds and it has a top speed of 147mph. It’s not as fast as the standard GTI, which will cover the 0-62mph sprint in 6.7 seconds and has a top speed of 149mph, but it is close. Delivering this performance is the same 2.0-litre turbocharged, four-cylinder petrol engine as found in the standard Golf GTI.

On offer is a six-speed manual gearbox version, with a claimed average fuel consumption of 37.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 177g/km. If you want you can spend a bit more on the dual-clutch model and this has a claimed fuel consumption average of 36.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 180g/km, which puts it into the same road tax band as the manual model. To differentiate the GTI Cabriolet from the standard version Volkswagen has fitted a distinctive front grille with red edging and a GTI badge, plus front fog lights.

Further emphasising the GTI’s sport nature are side skirt extensions, a rear diffuser, twin chrome exhaust pipes and smoked LED tail-lights. The car also comes with 18-inch alloys and low profile tyres as standard. Inside there’s a leather steering wheel, handbrake and gear lever gaiter with contrasting red stitching. The seats are covered in the classic tartan cloth though there is the option of leather upholstery.

The drop-top Golf GTI comes with an EDS electronic differential lock as standard that helps to stop wheel spin on loose or slippery surfaces, while an XDS electronic transverse differential lock should ensure power is easily transferred to the road and therefore improve handling. The roof is quick to fold away: it takes just 9.5 seconds and can be raised or lowered at speeds of up to 18mph.

For the full VW Golf GTI Convertible review read on.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet rivals

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