Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 36 - 43 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

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.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £205 - £265
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Insurance group 35 - 37
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