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The smooth, practical, good value VW Golf Cabriolet ticks almost all the boxes

27 Apr 2012

THE Volkswagen Golf hatch range is one of the most accomplished small cars available on the market – regardless of price.

Thankfully, these talents carry over to the soft-top Cabriolet introduced in November last year. It may not have the slick folding glass roof of the bigger VW Eos, but it is impressively short on compromises and impressively long on talents.

Smooth, (mostly) refined, practical and good value, the Golf ticks almost all the boxes and adds a dash of Euro cachet sure to appeal to a wide range of buyers.
Model release date: 1 November 2011 to 1 June 2016

Previous model

Mk4 Golf Cabriolet

Released: October 1998
Ended: March 2003
Family Tree: Golf

DON’T be fooled by the ‘Mk4’ prefix – the last Golf Cabrio was based heavily on the Mk3 Golf body and platform released in 1993, and even used many the same drivetrain offerings.

Only the nose, tail-lamps, bootlid and some interior fittings were updated to make the old-timer look more like the high-flying contemporary hatch.

Two petrol-powered models were sold in Australia from late 1998, the CL with a 66kW/145Nm 1.8-litre SOHC four-cylinder unit (discontinued in June 2000) and the more popular GL, employing VW long-lived 85kW/166Nm SOHC engine.

Both were available with four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmissions.

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