Skip advert
Advertisement

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet convertible (2011-2016) - Reliability & safety

The previous-generation Golf hatchback, on which the VW Golf Cabriolet is based, didn’t shine in our Driver Power satisfaction survey, but it’s safe

Carbuyer Rating

3.6 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.5 out of 5

Read owner reviews
Reliability & safety Rating

3.8 out of 5

The fly in the ointment of the otherwise brilliant Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet is that the previous-generation VW Golf hatchback, on which it’s based, didn’t really shine in our Driver Power 2014 owner satisfaction survey. At least it performs well when it comes to safety. The Cabriolet hasn’t been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, but the standard hatchback performed well and the Cabriolet also has an impressive list of safety equipment.

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet reliability

The previous-generation Golf hatchback, on which the current Cabriolet is based, finished 89th in our Driver Power 2014 owner satisfaction survey. That’s a pretty poor result, but by comparison, the latest version of the hatchback charted 18th.

Advertisement - Article continues below

At least you’ll enjoy the protection of a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which, as we’ve already mentioned, is extendable to four or five years for a not-insignificant price.

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet safety

The previous-generation Golf hatchback scored the full five stars in its Euro NCAP crash test, so we reckon the Cabriolet would perform equally well, although it lacks the additional rigidity provided by the hatchback’s metal roof. To compensate, the Cabriolet has extra body strengthening. There are no visible roll hoops, but the car has a pop-up system that’s activated the second it senses the car is about to roll over. In addition, the model benefits from Volkswagen’s latest safety thinking, so has a full complement of airbags as well as electronic stability control. An optional driver alert system, which sounds an alarm and issues a warning if it senses the driver is beginning to lose concentration, costs £70.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers
Carbuyer best new car deals hero
Deals
12 Apr 2024

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
26 Mar 2024

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Ford EcoBoost engines: what are they and should you buy one?
Ford Puma SUV front tracking
Tips and advice
26 Mar 2024

Ford EcoBoost engines: what are they and should you buy one?

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
26 Mar 2024

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Public EV charge point
Tips and advice
11 Jan 2023

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
21 Mar 2024

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors

Top 10 best electric cars 2024
best electric cars
Best cars
28 Mar 2024

Top 10 best electric cars 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024
The best cheap-to-run cars 2023
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024
Fastest hot hatchbacks hero
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024