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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Despite being the more performance-focused soft-top model, the Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet running costs aren’t extortionate. The 2.0-litre turbocharged engine is capable of averaging 37.2mpg, 36.7mpg in the DSG model, according to Volkswagen. The cost of insurance is likely to be the bigger issue, as this model falls in to the 35E category.

With the just the one engine to go for, there’s no shopping around for the cleanest and therefore cheapest engine to tax. Fitted with the six-speed manual gearbox Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet emissions are rated at 177g/km of CO2, rising to 180g/km of CO2 with the DSG automatic gearbox.

With no major problems reported on the Golf Cabriolet, the Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet reliability record should prove to be problem-free. Fitted with the same engine as the GTI hatchback, which has had no issues whatsoever, this should also help to cement the firm's reliability record further. As with most convertibles the main concern, if any, is the fabric roof and the mechanism that powers it.

Fortunately, Volkswagen has had few issues with similar systems before.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,353 - £1,616 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
2.0 Tsi (220bhp) Petrol 152 g/km (Min) £200
2.0 Tsi Petrol 180 g/km (Max) £260

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £200 - £260
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 35 - 37
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.