The first thing you'll notice when you drop down its fully automatic soft-top – in a swift 9.5 seconds (BMW 1 Series takes 22 seconds) – is that the 'strawberry punnet' roll-bar of previous versions is gone, giving the new model a sleek, fresh look. And with the roof down there's still a healthy 250 litres of boot space (Golf has 350 litres of boot space).
Crash protection is provided by an extremely fast rollover protection system that deploys in milliseconds, a reinforced windscreen, numerous other structural modifications, and an array of airbags. With the top up, the Golf Cabriolet is one of the quietest of cabriolets.
Features range from 16-inch Atlanta alloys and an RCD 310 radio for the entry level S model to 18-inch Charleston alloys, twin exhaust, front fogs and sports suspension on the range-topping GT model. The high levels of standard specification at an affordable price make Golf Cabriolet exceptional value.
Dec 1976: ‘Generation I’ prototype of the Golf Cabriolet, created at Karmann in Osnabrück
Jun 1979: First production models rolled off the Osnabrück production line
Apr 1980: Golf Cabriolet Mk I goes on sale in the UK
Jan 1993: Golf Cabriolet Mk III goes on sale in the UK
Jun 1998: Revised Golf Cabriolet goes on sale in the UK with design features from the Golf Mk IV
July 2002: Golf Cabriolet production ends
Mar 2011: Golf Cabriolet Mk VI makes its debut at Geneva Motor Show
The new Golf Cabriolet will be available with a choice of three engines and three transmissions from launch. A further three engines will be available to order from week 45 (7 November) for delivery to the UK at the end of the year.
– 1.2-litre 105 PS TSI petrol (six-speed manual)
– 1.6-litre 105 PS TDI diesel (five-speed manual)
– 1.4-litre 160 PS TSI petrol (six-speed manual
and seven-speed DSG)
From 7 November 2011
– 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS manual and DSG
– 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS manual and DSG
– 2.0-litre TSI 210 PS DSG on
Highlights of the standard specifications for each trim level;
– 16-inch Atlanta alloys
– Body-coloured bumpers and door handles
– Daytime running lights
– Rear lights incorporating LED technology
– Merlin cloth upholstery
– Bluetooth telephone preparation
– Hill hold function
– Leather trimmed three-spoke steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip
– Multifunction computer
– RCD 310 radio with six speakers (four front and two rear)
– 50:50 split folding rear seat
– Space saver spare wheel
– 17-inch Porto alloys
– 2Zone electronic climate control
– Automatic coming/leaving home lighting function
– Cruise control
– Dusk sensor, automatic driving lights
– Leather trimmed three-spoke multifunction steering wheel
– Multi Device Interface (for iPod etc)
– Parking sensors, front and rear
– Wind deflector
– 12V socket in luggage compartment
– 18-inch Charleston alloys
– Front fog lights, including static cornering function
– Twin exhaust tailpipe
– Aluminium-look clutch, brake and accelerator pedals
– Alcantara upholstery
– Front sport seats with height and lumbar adjust
– Sports suspension, lowered by approx. 15 mm
– Flat tyre indicator
– RCD 510 touch-screen radio/CD player
– RNS 510 touch-screen navigation/radio system
– Park Assist
– Vienna leather upholstery
– Bi-xenon headlights
– Pure White
– Dark Purple Metallic
– Georgia Blue Metallic
– Sunset Red Metallic
– Reflex Silver Metallic
– Tungsten Silver Metallic
– Steel Grey Metallic
– Night Blue Metallic
– Deep Black Pearl Effect
Golf is one of the quietest cabriolets you can buy because its fabric roof and new window and door seals were designed to keep out the most intrusive noise.
Volkswagen's engineers examined wind noise in the high frequency range, above 5,000 Hz, which make it difficult to hold a conversation while driving (using a measure of human hearing called the articulation index), and evaluated experiences in other vehicles.
The soft-top is joined to the roof bows by screw-fastened fabric retention strips: this has a positive effect on aerodynamics and, combined with the insulation and door and window seals, dramatically reduces wind noise when the top is up.
The fully automatic electrohydraulic top is operated from a switch on the centre console. It opens in just 9.5 seconds and closes in 11.7 seconds. Opening and closing are even possible while driving at speeds up to 18 miles per hour.
The Golf Cabriolet’s soft-top is secured by a fully automatic electromechanical locking system – no manual unlatching or latching is necessary.
The system senses, via two microswitches, when the roof is completely opened or closed, and alerts the driver that opening/closing is complete with an acoustic signal and a visual message in the multifunction display. The front part of the roof covers its storage space when it is stowed, eliminating the need for a separate cover. The 250-litre boot space is not compromised at all when the roof is down.
Safety and body structure
The body of the Golf Cabriolet offers all-round safety thanks to its extremely fast rollover protection system, which deploys in milliseconds, reinforced windscreen frame and numerous modifications to the underbody, side panels, sills, back panel and doors.
These reinforcements also give the Golf Cabriolet extreme torsional rigidity, which gives the car optimal driving stability and comfort for the driver.
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