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There is now a brand new Golf Cabriolet.
The roof opens in an impressive 9.5sec and you can be driving at up to 18mpg while it happens. Volkswagen's engineers say this is the stiffest open-car structure of the entire VW group, and it's true that the new Golf feels extremely rigid, with no shudders at all. This makes the driving experience pleasingly precise, and much fun can be had in the 207bhp 2.0 TSI (DSG-only) version, which has something of a sports-car mien despite its four proper seats. The 158bhp TSI 1.4 should also be entertaining. Hood-up it's a snug coupe with hardly any wind noise and a good view through the wide rear window.
Unlike the original, which felt wobbly despite its rollover bar, the new one is a proper driving machine. Which we weren't quite expecting.