By on February 23, 2011

A breeze of fresh air for Volkswagen’s program: The Wolfsburg company shows a new Golf Cabriolet convertible at the Geneva Motor Show. No stop and squeeze your fingers while folding the roof in this one. The Golf  has an electro-hydraulic drive that takes down the Golf’s top in a 9.5 seconds flash. If you attempt any motorized folderol at speeds above 30 km/h (19 mp/h), the roof will refuse. It would turn into a giant air brake otherwise.

Safety-wise, the ragtop sports an automatically deploying roll-over bar, in addition to a rich complement of airbags that will bubble-wrap your body in case of an accident.

The European customer has the usual dizzying choice of engines. There are six turbocharged direct-injection engines, ranging from 105 hp to 210 hp. Four of the TSI gasoline engines (TSI) and one TDI diesel are available with the DSG dual-clutch gearbox. Three of the engines are available with energy-saving BlueMotion Technology. Motorized with the 1.6 TDI 105 hp engine with BlueMotion Technology, the open air Golf will demand only 4.4 liters for 100 km (53.45 mpg –non EPA).

The car goes on air tomorrow in Germany, at prices starting at 23,625 Euros  ($32,404 – belay your comments, try to pay with Big Macs next time you change money.) Volkswagen’s PR department is so giddy about the topless car that they dare a rare attempt at humor in their press release:

“Essentially, all of the features offered in the classic, hard top Golf are also available in the new Golf Cabriolet. The only feature that will definitely not be offered is a sunroof …”

Very funny.

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24 Comments on “New Golf Ragtop: Closed To Open In 9.5 Sec...”

  • avatar
    Kristjan Ambroz

    Does this mean the end of the Eos then?

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    The EOS is more in the mode of an upscale “old” Jetta.  Not sure about future plans.  BTW, I was at the dealer having my “free” 20K Passat service, and had a chance to check out the New Jetta.  Up close it is more substantial than the pics.  Certainly nothing to look at; more of a wallflower, but not obnoxious, either.  The 15.5K “starting” price was nowhere to be seen.  The display model, an SEL, was about 25 large.  So one is looking at a 22-23 range, I guess.  In another venue, I saw a Corolla–the car the Jetta is supposed to compete with?, and a Scion.  The Toyota interiors were shockingly low quality, making the Jetta seem pretty upscale.

  • avatar

    Finally!  Been waiting for this one.  And it sounds like they have no plans to stick us with that bloody 5-cylinder again. I’m thinking the days of the New Beetle convertible are numbered.

    This car will fill a HUGE whole in the North American market when it arrives here.  Predict they sell zillions of them.

  • avatar

    I hope this car is as good as it looks. BTW, what are the issues with VW’s? I hear a lot on here about how they fall apart and are so expensive to fix. If that’s the case, how and why in the world do they sell so many of them, then? An inquiring mind wants to know, or be told where to look and study this issue (or non-issue)!

    • 0 avatar

      VW has a bad rap… they are not Honda or Toyota, they require more care and feeding, and are sensitive to maintenance.  Similar to most other Euro brands, they tend to cost more to maintain.  However, since they are not a premium price brand, so people do not expect them to cost more, which I think is where a lot of the bad reputation comes from.  Also, any VW from 99 to 2004 tends to have a lot of issues, which is the main reason people think they fall apart like wet paper mache.  The 2005+ models do not seem to be very bad, but I guess there is still a few bad apples that give a bitter taste.

      Admittedly, I have a 2008 GTI.  I love it, its very satisfying to drive.  It costs me more to maintain, but I do all my own work so that helps a lot, and I think its worth the trade-off.  I did a ton of research and I decided the horror stories are almost all for the Mk4 models, and not the new ones.  The dealers do suck, I try to stay away as much as possible.  Parts are not really any more expensive than Toyota.

    • 0 avatar

      An inquiring mind wants to know, or be told where to look and study this issue (or non-issue)!

      The most reasonable explanation I’ve heard is that the typical European new car buyer drives between 1/3 and 1/2 as many miles per year as a typical American.  I’d assume most people would rather have a Golf than a Corolla is both we the same price and equally reliable.  Since Europeans drive so much less, they have less of a concern about reliability and are therefore more likely to go with the fun to drive/premium feel Golf than the plainer, more boring Corolla, that is more reliable.

  • avatar

    @Zackman…VW’s live in the shop, and cost a fortune fix. Yes,you have heard it here at TTAC, and all the other publications that believe in the truth.

    • 0 avatar

      My VW doesnt live in the shop, its only been there for one recall and has never broken down.  My 99 GTI made it to over 50k miles before it had its first problem, which was admittedly a major computer issue but still… didnt live in the shop.  My 86 GTI never had one problem.  My 79 Scirocco had some issues, but never left me stranded, and wasnt any less reliable than any other late 70s car.

      People exaggerate, even here on TTAC.  I realize there is a greater chance that I will have to perform repairs than if I bought a Honda, no doubt.  But its not like a French car from the 80s.

    • 0 avatar

      Wow Mikey – way to go for over generalising. I see plenty of VW’s on the roads, they are not “living in the shop”. The Two VW’s I have had have been very reliable but I am not going to over generalise.

      It is true Americans don`t view VW as premium, but it is. Consider that the Honda Accord in Europe goes up against the VW Passat. In the US that Accord is rebadged as the Acura TSX. Yet Acura is held in higher regard than VW. Therefore VW is a higher quality product than the mass market Toyota’s and Hondas in the US market.

    • 0 avatar

      Aren’t you a big GM fan mikey?  Pot, meet kettle.

    • 0 avatar

       Guilty as charged, I would be a GM fan. I’ve also read thousands of negative GM comments here at TTAC. Many such comments were well deserved.

      I will stand by my post.  For the most part, any VW built in the last 25 years is an overpriced,overrated P.O.S. 

  • avatar

    Wow! It looks great!
    Is it me, or there seems to be a big problem with convertibles based on hatchback cars: no trunk at all when the top is taken down.

  • avatar
    Jeff Waingrow

    Many of the top Japanese vehicles will likely hold up better over the long run than those of VW and Audi. I lease a new car every three years and average about 18,000 a year, and over the years where I’ve owned Toyotas, Subarus, VW Passats and Golfs, and now two Audis in a row, I can report that the more recent VW/Audi cars are much more trouble-free than before and fast approaching the Japanese cars (at least for the first 40,000 miles). But if I were advising a younger person on a tight budget, I’d still recommend Japanese or Korean. Also, the fewer options you get, the fewer things that can go wrong, no?

  • avatar

    What’s so funny? The Eos has a sunroof. For the Golf Cabrio’s ragtop, all that would be needed is a flexible plastic portal in the roof you could zip open, Wrangler-style. Though all that bending would likely lead to leaks before long…Meh, a sunroof in a convertible is a silly idea anyway.

  • avatar

    Apropos, I’m guessing if this hits the US it’ll cost around $25-26K.

  • avatar

    That back seat looks really cramped, no way those two ladies are comfortable.

  • avatar

    By a weird coincidence, 9.5 seconds is also how long the ignition coils on this car last before they need to be replaced at great expense.

    • 0 avatar

      That stopped being funny about three years ago. A new coil is 30-40€ and takes 15 minutes to change on the side of the road with basic tools, cheap enough to keep in the boot just in case. A basic OBDII reader to locate the offending coil is about 50€, you can use it on any car and it’s good to have anyway.
      Anyway, the car. Nice to see someone in this class going back to proper roofs instead of those metal monstrosities.

  • avatar

    Judging by recent VW residuals, it will lease for about the same as a 128 vert. Which comes with a stiffish body, rear wheel drive and the worlds most wonderful engine. For those buying, the VW might make more sense, though.

  • avatar
    Dave M.

    For the most part, any VW built in the last 25 years is an overpriced,overrated P.O.S. 

    Mikey, I can’t agree.  Overall their prices are reasonable for a not-bottom-feeder brand.  VWs handle great, and the interiors are awesome.  It’s the reliability (especially the poor 1996-2008 or so) that has done them in; that said, I highly doubt they’ll ever get to Japanese/Korean or even American reliability levels. 

    Overall, you are driving a ‘European’ car.  Some folks believe the perceived cache, elevated handling and coddling is worth a premium. 

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