Hooniverse Asks: Should the Golf Cabrio Make a Comeback?

Volkswagen at the New York International Auto Show, just introduced the Golf’s 2018 edition for the U.S. market. The new models represent a refresh of the current eighth generation MQB cars and come with a slew of driving and feature enhancements. No doubt they will be the best Golf family ever. One member of that family is conspicuous by its absence, that being the Cabrio. Now VW has long had a convertible model in their lineup, and as recently as a decade ago they had two. Now the hardtop convertible EOS is gone and the Beetle may end production next year. What’s a soft top VW fan supposed to do? 
I think the obvious answer is Golf Cabrio. The iconic car was originally sold here as a Rabbit, but no matter what the name, its basket handle B-pillar and trunk-topping folded roof identified the car through two generations. Now it’s rumored to be coming back. How do you feel about that? Would you welcome the Golf Cabrio back, along with the slew of Focus, Cruze and other small convertible competitors anticipated to follow? Do you think a new Golf Cabrio would find its market? 
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19 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: Should the Golf Cabrio Make a Comeback?”

  1. Lokki Avatar

    Absolutely because right now young women who don’t follow the news are the only ones in the U.S. who are going to shop for VW’s. Everyone else is still concerned about the depreciation hit caused by the diesel fiasco. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0a0f76b00e4541e1ec20eae4b7bbebc12e138665895d0c32dacb75d9780e6ad7.jpg

    1. Harry Callahan Avatar
      Harry Callahan

      Those girls only drive the car. Daddy buys the car.

    2. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      Isn’t the Golf Cabrio still available in the USA, but with different badging and some minor panel changes, as the Audi A3 Cabrio?

  2. Kiefmo Avatar

    I really, REALLY enjoy convertibles. I had an ’80 Rabbit ‘vert that was never right in the head, but I absolutely loved driving it with the top down whenever weather permitted.
    The Eos never did it for me. I actually like the look of a hatchback-turned-convertible, particularly the open, inviting tub it becomes with the top down. I love ’em to the point that I’ve seriously looked at a mini convertible (well, until my wife told me that’d be a divorcin’ offense).

  3. Maymar Avatar

    The sensible investment would be in a sub-Tiguan crossover (if they could get away with selling an Alltrack hatch in addition to the wagon, that could be enough). That said, there were rumblings of the Euro-market MkVI Golf Cabrio coming here (I attended a VW event where they had one on display), and I’d be on board with it returning, even if I don’t think there’s a market for it.

  4. engineerd Avatar

    As long as there are sorority girls, there will be a market.

    1. Kiefmo Avatar

      Don’t knock it until you’ve driven it.

      1. Hillman_Hunter Avatar

        Have to agree. The OG Cabrio was way more fun than it had any right to be – I might still prefer having one of those to my current Mk VI GTI

      2. Chuck Friedrichs Avatar
        Chuck Friedrichs

        I have driven sorority girls – they hum !!!!

    2. Alff Avatar

      The fact that girls dug mine was just an added bonus, a fact I pointed out repeatedly to my 4WD Hilux loving posse.

    3. Tiberiuswise Avatar

      God bless sorority girls. Each and every one of them.

  5. Alff Avatar

    That car, with alloys and a red interior, was the car I took to college. It was a great car, underpowered but with great handling and a robust 5 speed. Given the mass of modern vehicles, I doubt a new version would deliver the same sensations. Even my kids’ 98 Cabrio couldn’t.

  6. Tiberiuswise Avatar

    In a perfect world, or my perfect world anyway, it would make a comeback. This would help ensure the viability of the three door version of the Golf. This would prompt Ford to offer Focus and Fiesta models in 3 door form here in the US of A. Maybe even convertible versions. Other manufacturers would follow suit and there would be a plethora of three door hot hatches available. With a stick shift of course.

  7. P161911 Avatar

    That ad would be perfect for Classic Captions.
    “Guess what?”
    10 kilos of coke WILL fit in that tiny trunk!

  8. dukeisduke Avatar

    I’d rather have the Mk1 Scirocco come back.

    1. 1slowvw Avatar

      I have said it before and I’ll say it again. I would sell my mk1 and my mk2 pretty quick if an S1 Scirocco could be found in my neck of the woods. It’s the best looking water cooled VW ever built in my opinion.

  9. MarkT Avatar

    I actually leased an EOS in 08, was an okay handler and a general pleasure To jump in and let the sun shine in. The one time the roof decided it would stay half open in my garage was a bit of a hassle, but other than that it was a great topless transporter.

  10. I_Borgward Avatar

    If you took all the girls in Cabrios and laid them end-to-end, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised.

  11. Benjamin Tustin Avatar
    Benjamin Tustin

    This article is kind of pointless, btw. Convertible and wagon models usually come only after the first couple model years of a newer platform. As long as people keep buying them, vw will always have convertibles available, especially after the eos.