Review

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

£21,800 - £28,340

The Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet is based on the standard MkVI Volkswagen Golf hatchback, so you get an identical interior of excellent build quality, made from some very durable materials with plenty of practical storage cubbies dotted around. There's plenty room for four adults inside thanks to its generous dimensions, although headroom and exposure to the elements may be problematic for very tall passengers in the back. From behind the wheel, there is very little to separate the Cabriolet from the standard sixth-generation Golf, with only larger bumps in the road making the suspension feel a bit unsettled. Front and rear LED lights are fitted as standard, which adds to the car's genuinely upmarket feel. The electric roof only takes 9.5 seconds to open, which it can do up to speeds of 18mph. As the roof folds down on top of the boot rather than into it, you get a steady 250 litres of boot space. There are five engines available: 1.2-litre, 1.4-litre and 2.0-litre TSI petrols and 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre TDI diesels, which come with fuel-saving BlueMotion Technology. While not exactly cheap to buy, the VW Golf Cabriolet will hold its value better than most rivals in the used car market, making it both a fun and sensible choice. That's why we named it Carbuyer's Best Convertible for 2014, for the third  year in a row.