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 34 - 34 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.

The headline is that this car is more expensive to buy new than a Porsche Boxster. If you are determined to purchase this model then expect an insurance group of 39. Average fuel economy is claimed at 34.4mpg –high 20s should be achievable in real-world driving. The VW Golf R Cabriolet running costs are fairly high but if you want this niche model then you will be prepared to pay that bit extra for this flagship car.

VW Golf R Cabriolet emissions are high. It emits 190g/km of CO2– if you have any friends in the green Party then it’s maybe best not to tell them that you have an R Cabriolet in the garage.

This engine is proven in the Golf R hatchback and no problems have been reported which bodes well for VW Golf R Cabriolet reliability. Volkswagen has become renowned for quality and fares well in customer satisfaction surveys.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £305
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Insurance group 39
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