The new Golf cabriolet will be available in Ireland from August, with pricing to be announced nearer to the launch date.
Volkswagen describes the four-seater as a versatile, year-round cabriolet thanks to its practical features and the sophisticated design of its soft top which automatically opens in full in 9.5 seconds. This can also be done on the move at speeds up to 30km/h.
Volkswagen says with the roof up, it is one of the quietest cars of its kind. In addition, the Golf cabriolet offers one of the most spacious interiors in its class and full use of the boot-space and its 250 litres of cargo capacity, even with the top down.
The body of the Golf cabriolet offers maximum all-round safety thanks to its extremely fast rollover protection system that deploys in milliseconds, a reinforced windscreen frame and numerous other structural modifications.
In many respects, the styling of the Golf cabriolet matches that of its hardtop counterpart, but its new rear section, lower roof line and swept-back windscreen frame also give it a high degree of independence. VW says this results in a level of sophistication that is otherwise only offered in significantly more expensive cabriolets, and that the Golf sets itself apart from many other convertibles in the compact class in one key interior attribute: the windscreen frame is refreshingly short, optimising the cabrio feeling.
Available in just one trimline, the Golf cabriolet can be customised by various option packs. The entry vehicle already offers very extensive standard features including leather steering wheel, 16” alloy wheels, hill hold control, cruise control, multifunction display, LED rear lights, GTI/GTD style rear bumper, fully automatic hydraulic soft top, ESP, electric window front and rear, climatic air-conditioning.
Energy saving BlueMotion technologies are available across all three engines in the range (similar to the new Jetta ), one petrol and two diesel, from 1.2 TSI 105bhp, 1.6 TDI 105bhp and 2.0 TDI 140bhp.
Volkswagen is continuing a great tradition with the Golf cabriolet. On the past three models – produced between 1979 and 2002 – more than 680,000 drivers worldwide chose the cabriolet version. For a time, it was the world’s most successful cabriolet.
Adam Chamberlain, head of sales and marketing at Volkswagen, commented: “The new Golf cabriolet has the potential to continue the impressive history of its predecessors and we have been anticipating its arrival to Irish shores with great excitement. Combining the award winning aspect of the Golf, a firm favorite with Irish drivers, with its own unique features, we are sure the new Golf cabriolet will make quite an impression.”