GOLF, the Volkswagen that launched thousands of dreams, a car for the wannabe, the could be and the firmly arrived. One of the cars somewhat lost in the fuss over conceptual picture fodder at the Geneva Motor Show in March was this GTI version of the Golf Cabrio. Now you can order one and, if you are lucky, have it on your doorstep in July.
The Golf Cabrio is already a fine-looking four-seater, with a sporty profile when the roof is folded. Prices open at £20,735 for the 105ps 1.2 petrol turbo – frankly fast enough to enjoy fresh-air motoring at sensible speeds.
You will not get the GTI for much under £30,000. It is the top model in the Cabrio range and embodies the near-legendary GTI DNA of power, image, performance and sporting style. It costs £29,310m – a £4,000 premium on the three-door GTI hatchback.
Its core is the hatch’s 2-litre four cylinder petrol turbo, delivering 207bhp (210ps). The 0-62mph time is 7.3 seconds and top speed is 147mph, with 37.2mpg on the combined test cycle and 177g/km of CO2. These figures are almost matched by the six-speed twin clutch DSG automatic model which costs £30,610.
The honeycomb radiator has red edging and that vital GTI badge, with “fog lights” integrated in the bumper. Side sill extensions and a tail diffuser with chromed tailpipe on either side give some pavement appeal.
Smoked LED tail lights complete the foxy look, with 18-inch Monza Shadow alloy wheels.
It has automatic rollover protection, plenty of airbags, and a five-star (96 per cent) rating for adult occupancy in Euro NCAP crash tests. Check with your dealer for sales and service incentives on the other Cabrios.
HARD to believe that the sorry-looking Mini above left sold for £40,250 at a Bonhams auction this week – three times its estimate.
The 1959 Austin Mini Seven De Luxe Saloon is believed to be the oldest surviving unrestored Mini.