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The Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet is the cabriolet version of the Volkswagen Golf hatchback. Initially based on the Volkswagen Golf Mk1, and the later Volkswagen Golf Mk3, it was produced by Karmannmarker at Osnabrückmarker for Volkswagen Passenger Cars.

There was no Golf Cabriolet produced from the Volkswagen Golf Mk2 or Volkswagen Golf Mk4.

Golf Mk1 Cabriolet (1979−1993)

The Volkswagen Golf Mk1 Cabriolet was introduced in 1979, and was succeeded by the Golf Mk3 Cabriolet in 1993.

The Golf Cabriolet (or Typ 155) in Europe and Canada ("Rabbit Convertible" in America originally and renamed in 1984 to "Cabriolet"), was sold from 1979 to 1993. (a convertible version of the Mk2 Golf was not made). It had a reinforced body, transverse roll bar, a high level of trim, and kept the pre-1980 style of rear lamp clusters from the Mk1 VW Golf.

The Mk1 Cabriolet is of unibody construction built entirely at the factory of Karmannmarker, from stamping to final assembly; Volkswagen supplied the engine, suspension, interior, etc. for Karmann to install. The vinyl tops were insulated and manually or hydraulically operated, with a heated glass rear window.

The body of the Cabriolet did not change through the entire production run except for a larger fuel tank and smaller spare tire introduced in the 1984 model year.

In an attempt by Volkswagen to keep the car's styling current, all Cabriolets from 1988 on were fitted with a "Clipper" kit out of the factory.

There were a few special editions of the Cabriolet including the Etienne Aigner, Caret, and Best Seller editions.

Golf Mk3/3.5 Cabriolet (1993−2002)

Volkswagen Golf Mk3.5 Cabrio
The Volkswagen Golf Mk3 Cabrio was introduced in 1993.

It was facelifted in late 1999 with the front, rear, and steering wheel styling from the Golf Mk4 while still maintaining the body from the Mk3 Cabrio. These Cabrios are often referred to as the Mk3.5 Cabrios.

The Volkswagen Golf Cabrio was discontinued in 2002.


The following internal combustion engines were available in the Golf Cabriolet:
all internal combustion engines are inline four cylinder designs
operate on the four-stroke cycle, and are water cooled
displacement engine
ID code(s)
max. power
at rpm
max. torque
at rpm
0- top speed CO2 emissions years
petrol engines
1.6 AEK
@ 5,800 rpm

@ 4,400 rpm
11.9 sec. 192 g/km 1994−
@ 5,800 rpm

@ 3,500 rpm
11.9 sec. 192 g/km 1995−
@ 5,000 rpm

@ 2,500 rpm
15.5 sec. 185 g/km 1993−
@ 5,500 rpm

@ 2,500 rpm
13.1 sec. 192 g/km 1993−
2.0 2E/ADY
@ 5,400 rpm

@ 3,200 rpm
10.7 sec. 190 g/km 1993−
2.0 AGG
@ 5,400 rpm

@ 2,600 rpm
10.7 sec. 190 g/km 1995−
@ 5,400 rpm

@ 3,200 rpm
10.7 sec. 190 g/km 2000−
diesel engines
all Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI)
1.9 TDI 1Z
@ 4,000 rpm

@ 1,900 rpm
13.3 sec. 140 g/km 1995−
@ 4,000 rpm

@ 1,900 rpm
13.3 sec. 140 g/km 1996−
@ 4,150 rpm

@ 1,900 rpm
11.3 sec. 140 g/km 1996−

Golf Mk6 Cabriolet

A Golf Cabriolet based on the Volkswagen Golf Mk6 is planned for the 2010 model year. There was no Golf Cabriolet based on the Mk5 Golf, Volkswagen instead choosing to release the Eos, a coupé cabriolet based upon the Passat platform, and sharing the same wheelbase as the contemporaneous Golf. The Eos is expensive compared to its rivals, and therefore Volkswagen hope to reposition it as the Passat Cabriolet. The Golf Cabriolet will cost slightly less while increasing profitability for Volkswagen.

See also


  1. Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet vehicle wallet , May 1999

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