Golf GTI Cabriolet and the Fairytale of a Completely Unnecessary Facelift
VW comes with exclusive version for its hot cabrio model. Along with the minor exterior changes, there are also some sweet additions made in the cabin. First of all, the vehicle demonstrates red brake calipers, restyled bumpers and slightly modified side extensions. Definitely not some dramatic changes which makes us question whether this "facelift" was indeed necessary.
Other exterior changes include the new 17-inch Brooklyn alloy wheels or the optional 18-inch Austin alloys. Also optional is the rear spoiler and Garnet Red top that would replace the Deep Blue one. And yes, these are indeed the exclusive "changes" for the vehicle when it comes to the exterior design.
As with the exterior, the interior doesn't make that big difference, compared to the old model. However, we must mention the optional leather wrapping with red stitching and components, the fresh multi-functional leather steering wheel and the restyled lever for the hand brake. Yep, technically just some more red. This is all.
In terms of performance, the Golf GTI Cabriolet remains the same: its 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline unit offers a total output of 217 hp (159kW) and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.9 seconds. This unit is paired to a 6-speed DSG transmission.
Frankly, we are disappointed. This sweetie should have received some comprehensive changes not only in terms of style and looks, but also in terms of performance and capabilities. So, how do you find the "facelifted" Golf GTI Cabriolet?