Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet (2011–2016)

Model History

February 2011

New Golf Cabriolet unveiled

The two-door, four-seater, front-engined soft top is the first Golf Cabriolet available since the Mk IV Golf. Measuring 4,215 mm in length, 1,424 mm in height and 1,779 mm in width, the Golf Cabriolet is smaller than the Eos. Yet despite being 208 mm shorter than the Eos, the cars share a 2,578 mm wheelbase, resulting in maximum interior space for all four passengers.

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Electrically-powered soft top can be lowered in just 9.5 seconds including on the move at speeds up to around 18 mph, a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines as well as the highest levels of quality, refinement and safety.

Golf VI Cabriolet will be offered in the UK with a choice of trim levels – S, SE and GT – and all will have a high level of standard specification which is likely to include 16-inch alloy wheels, a fully automatic electro-hydraulically operated soft top, DAB radio and Bluetooth.

Safety equipment will include an active roll-over protection system, ABS, ESP, airbags all round and a driver’s knee airbag. In addition to active safety equipment, protection is built into the Golf Cabriolet’s design. A reinforced window frame and structural modifications to the underbody, side panels, cross-members and doors endow the new car with an extremely high level of torsional rigidity which benefits safety, comfort and refinement.

Golf VI Cabriolet’s fabric roof has an additional exterior skin, as well as new window and door seals. The heated rear windscreen is integrated in the soft top with high frequency welding. When the top is down, the upper side of the leading edge (the segment the directly connects to the windscreen frame) covers the entire top surface of the roof storage box, eliminating the need for a separate cover. This contributes to the very rapid opening time, and means it does not need to descend as deep into the bootspace. Even with the roof down, there is 250 litres of available space.

A choice of six engines will be available: three from launch (a 1.2-litre TSI 105 PS, 1.4-litre TSI 160 PS and a 1.6-litre 105 PS TDI) and a further three later in the year (a 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS, 2.0-litre TSI 210 PS and a 2.0-litre TDI with 140 PS). BlueMotion Technology modifications will be applied to the diesel engines to ensure high efficiency and low emissions.

Volkswagen UK plans to begin taking orders for the new Golf Cabriolet in July 2011, with the first UK customer orders arriving in September 2011. More details and pricing information will be available closer to launch.

September 2012

Volkswagen introduces GTI version of its Golf Cabriolet

On sale in the UK from September 2012 and prices are expected to start at more than £27,000, making it the most expensive model in the Golf Cabriolet range.

It features all the traditional GTI styling cues, like a honeycomb grille with red surround, and a winder stance, accomplished by the addition of new side sill extensions. A rear diffuser, 17 inch alloy wheels and smoked rear lenses complete the look.

Power comes from the same 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that is fitted to the GTI hatchback . Maximum power is 210PS, with a 0-62mph sprint time of 7.3 seconds – 0.4 seconds slower than the hatch. Top speed is 147mph, or 146mph with the optional DSG gearbox. Peak torque is 280Nm available from 1700rpm.

In the cabin the Golf GTI Cabriolet features traditional tartan upholstery, with a leather steering wheel, gear lever and handbrake, all embellished with high contrast red stitching. Leather seats are an optional extra. As with all Golf Cabriolet models, the GTI comes with automatically deploying rollover protection, front and side head/thorax airbags and a driver’s knee airbag as standard.

What does a Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet (2011 – 2016) cost?

List Price from £22,325
Buy new from £20,071
Contract hire from £169.20 per month