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by Tim Beissmann

The Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet has been updated overseas with a range of new, cleaner-emitting engines and a trio of the latest-generation infotainment systems.

Three new Euro 6-compliant four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines have joined the Golf Cabriolet range: a 77kW 1.2-litre, and 92kW and 110kW 1.4-litre units.

Volkswagen makes no reference of the older Euro 5-compliant 118kW 1.4-litre twincharged petrol engine that exclusively powers the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet in Australia, but the German brand’s local division has confirmed with us that there are no changes planned for our car at this stage.

Additionally, upgrades for the sporty Golf GTI Cabriolet boost peak power to 162kW (up 7kW), cut its 0-100km/h sprint time to 6.9 seconds (down 0.4sec) and lower fuel consumption by 15 per cent to 6.5 litres per 100 kilometres.

Two new 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engines for the Golf Cabriolet are also more powerful and fuel efficient than their predecessors. The first produces 81kW and 250Nm, while the second produces 110kW and 340Nm (up 7kW/20Nm), is 0.7sec quicker to 100km/h (now 9.2sec) and uses 0.5L/100km less fuel (now 4.6L/100km).

Inside, Volkswagen has upgraded the Golf Cabriolet with three new infotainment systems, dubbed Composition Colour, Composition Media, and Discover Media, however, a Volkswagen Australia spokesman said the media updates were not planned for our market either.

Volkswagen Australia upgraded its Golf Cabriolet offering earlier this year, introducing the Exclusive model, which is the sole variant, priced from $43,990 plus on-road costs.

A new-generation Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet isn’t expected to emerge until the end of the decade. As we reported late last month, the new version is likely to be based on the next-generation, Mk8 Golf, and may be available with an innovative Targa-style removable roof.




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