Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good The Volkswagen Golf Convertible or Cabriolet if you want to be fancy arrived down under in November 2011. The Golf Convertible is essentially a Golf Hatchback minus a few doors and a solid roof.

From the front it’s the usual Volkswagen affair with daytime running lights, slim lined grille and VW medallion that adorns the centre of the grille.

From the side the Volkswagen Golf Convertible features very smooth, clean lines that are enhanced by deleting the rear passenger doors.

From the rear the Golf Convertible looks similar to the hatch featuring the same shaped smoked LED tail lights and rear bumper, if anything the rear of the convertible is slightly more squared than the bubbly appearances that the hatch creates.
Not so good We think that Volkswagen has done a great job in the styling department; the Golf Convertible looks great with the top down but not so much with the roof up. Rearward visibility suffers because of the small rear window and large c-pillars.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good Inside the Volkswagen Golf Convertible is one classy place to be, soft touch plastics cover the dash and fit & finish of instruments and materials is excellent.

Sitting in the dash is a 6.5-inch colour touch screen that features AM/FM radio, CD player with MP3 compatibility, AUX and Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming.
Not so good The Volkswagen Golf Convertible features a quality interior; however it is dominated by dark tones that give the cabin a dull and gloomy feel. Also, the button to put the roof down is somewhat hidden, rather than being positioned in eyes sight it is positioned under the centre armrest.
Performance

Performance

Good Sitting under the bonnet of the Volkswagen Golf Convertible is a 118TSI twincharged direct-injection petrol engine that produces 118kW of power and 240Nm of torque when matched to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission.

The best part about Volkswagens twincharged technology is that it gives you great fuel economy but not at the expense of performance. Although put your right foot down and the Golf Convertible does become thirsty. But it all comes down to the way you choose to drive.
Not so good The 118TSI matched to the 7-speed DSG delivers power sharply to the wheels which is good when you go for a weekend blast down one of your favourite roads, however the DSG can be a bit jerky when driving in and around the city.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good The Golf Convertible offers maximum all-round safety thanks to its rollover protection system, a reinforced windscreen frame and numerous other structural modifications.

Due to its numerous reinforcements the Golf Convertible feels very ridged and solid on the road, this gives you confidence when cornering hard.

Cornering and handling performance is very impressive considering that the 118kW of power is delivered to the front wheels, normally when you power out of a corner too hard front wheel drive cars tend to experience understeer, however thanks to the reinforcements that Volkswagen have made to the Golf Convertible there is very little understeer noticeable.
Not so good Because the Golf Convertible is ridged, ride quality can become compromised when driving over pot marked or unsealed roads.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Volkswagen has priced the Golf Convertible very aggressively making it a very reasonable choice. There is also an array of safety equipment that will give you peace of mind with ESP, ABS with brake assist, EDL, EBC, EBD and Active roll over protection.

The Golf Convertible is a very well rounded vehicle; although it loses some of its hatchback practicality the Convertible is still very versatile.
Not so good Because the Volkswagen Golf Convertible is priced so sharply it not only undercuts its competitors but also Volkswagens own Eos.