Battle of the drop tops – VW Golf VI cabriolet

2012-04-05 08:08

The Golf and Mini are two of the most popular cars on the market and come summer time, we should see a lot of dropped tops on the road from their latest models.

The last Golf Cabriolet was the Eos, and it didn’t take off with the local consumer with its hard top and sky-high price tag. The new soft top Golf made its debut at the Johannesburg International Motor Show in October, and is finally on the market.

The Mini Roadster is the sixth model derivative in this growing family and it comes shortly after the launch of the Mini Coupé – the first two-seater Mini. Thus, it makes the Roadster the first two-seater convertible. So, which one made me squeal with delight?

VW Golf VI cabriolet
» It comes in 1.4 TSI manual or a direct shift automatic gearbox (DSG) and you can choose between the 90kW and 118kW power versions.

» There’s cruise control, auto-dimming rear view mirror, an adjustable steering column, dual
climate control, multi-function computer, lights in front foot wells and numerous chrome bezels, leather seats and stainless steel pedals.

Likes
» It takes only nine seconds for the roof to go down and 11 seconds to put it back up.
» You can still operate the roof while driving at a maximum speed of 30km/h. Sure you can walk along the car at the same pace but it’s faster than most cars and at least you don’t have to stop.
» You don’t have to shout at the top of your lungs to hear your passenger.

Dislikes
» It doesn’t have neck aircon.
» It’s not as aggressive. And perhaps extra chrome bits on the exterior would have helped.

Price:

From R283 400 to R338 500


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