Power delivery is smooth, and it feels as quick as its 7.3sec 0-62mph time suggests. The standard-fit six-speed manual box lacks precision, but the ratios are perfectly matched. It carries the same sound generator as the hatchback, and with the roof-down the noise is pleasing but not overbearing.
The GTI Cabriolet is sleeker than the hatchback thanks to a more steeply raked windscreen. All the usual GTI styling paraphernalia is supplied too, including comfortable bolstered seats trimmed in the GTI’s iconic tartan upholstery.
Should I buy one?
Volkswagen has done an excellent job of turning the Golf Cabriolet into a very fast four-seat convertible. But with a price tag £3600 more than the hatchback, it is also an expensive one.
There is an undeniable appeal offered by the GTI Cabriolet, but those chasing the many and varied skills the GTI badge is known for would be better served by the hatchback.
Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet
Price: £29,310; 0-62mph: 7.3sec; Top speed: 147mph; Economy: 37.2mpg; CO2: 177g/km; Kerb weight: 1533kg; Engine type, cc: 4cyl, turbocharged, petrol, 1984cc; Power: 208bhp at 5300-6200rpm; Torque: 206lb ft at 1700-5300rpm; Gearbox: 6sp manual