Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Inside, the car closely resembles the Golf GTI hatchback. It has the same switchgear, albeit with a few added ‘sporty’ touches like red dials and red stitching on the steering wheel to make it stand out against the standard Cabriolet. This also means that, as with the majority of other models in the range, it feels robust and is finished to a high standard.

It’s also pretty easy to get the hang of what everything does thanks to simple controls. There are the tartan cloth sports seats, which hark back to the Golf GTI models of old, as well as the flat-bottomed steering wheel for the added performance touch.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet comfort levels are very good. While road and wind noise have been incredibly well suppressed, especially considering this is a soft-top convertible, the exhaust note has been tuned to make it more audible and it delivers a pleasing and engaging rumble. The sports seats not only offer excellent back and side support but are comfortable enough for longer journeys.

As with the standard convertible, things are a little cramped in the back. Although there is a middle rear seat, it is best reserved for children or smaller passengers as full-grown adults will start to find it uncomfortable if they are in it too long. Drop the roof and things still feel quite refined. While you get the pleasure of roof-down motoring you aren’t buffeted by wind to such an extent that you just want to put the roof up and have a chat with your passenger.

In fact you can still hold a conversation without having to shout to be heard. There’s a decent amount of movement in both the seat and steering wheel, making it easy for the driver to get in the best driving position. The ride quality is excellent even though it runs on 18-inch alloy wheels, and the overall levels of refinement demonstrate excellent build quality.

There's no crashing or jarring from the suspension, even on the most rutted roads.