Island Life Magazine Ltd October/November 2011 - Page 62

MOTORING New Golf will be a big hit The new stylish Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet has arrived at Esplanade, Newport and is set to make a big impact. The new model is the first convertible Golf since the MK IV, and for many admirers maybe long overdue. The Golf is an iconic car and attracts buyers of all ages, from keen youngsters who have just passed their test, to the older generation who like the consistent comfort and all round performance. The MK VI Golf Cabriolet’s fabric roof has an additional exterior skin, as well as new window and door seals and the heated rear windscreen is integrated. Even with the roof down, there is 250 litres of available space in the boot. The fully automatic electric power hood with rear glass windscreen opens TEST DRIVEN ON THE ISLAND By Peter White 62 in just 9.5 seconds when stationary. And when the hood is down, the wind deflector prevents against any wind turbulence, enhancing comfort and safety. When the well insulated roof is up, the Golf Cabriolet is surprisingly quiet with little or no road noise, which is quite surprising on the Island. The model I test drove was the 1.6-litre SE TDI BlueMotion with CO2 emissions of 117g/km. Other models include the 1.2-litre S TSI, 1.6-litre S TDI and the 1.4 –litre GT TSI in manual or automatic transmission. BlueMotion makes driving more efficient by lowering fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Inside, the multifunctional steering wheel is fitted with controls to easily use the audio system, mobile phone and onboard computer, displaying fuel consumption, speed, temperature and Esplanade Medina Avenue, Newport PO30 1HG TEL: 01983 523232 much more. In the front there's plenty of room with two highly adjustable, supportive seats, while in the back there is just about enough room for two adults, but probably better suited for children. After driving the new Golf Cabriolet, I can safely say I am very pleased Volkswagen have brought this popular car back onto the market – and I think a lot of other people will be as well.