Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

VW Golf R Cabriolet safety levels are extremely high. The Golf Cabriolet scored top marks when tested at Euro NCAP. It comes with plenty of safety kit as standard including ESP, automatic rollover bars, front and side head/thorax airbags and a driver’s knee airbag.

It’s not a paragon of practicality but it’ll do for everyday life. With the roof open or closed there is a load space of 250 litres of carrying capacity and if you need to you could store items on the rear seats when you have the hood down. If you do this it’s best to strap the items in with the rear seatbelts to stop them from sliding around. Odds and ends can be stored in the central storage bin or in the glovebox while the door pockets are will easily stow maps and take a 500ml bottle of water.

The canvas roof is operated by the flick of switch located next to the switches for the map lights on the roof. The roof opens in 9.5 seconds and up to speeds of 18mph while it can be closed in 11 seconds (the additional 1.5 seconds is due to the locking process).

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet (13-14).

  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

R equipment

R standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
R optional equipment
None available