Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet vs rivals - specifications

 VW Golf 1.6 TDI SE CabrioPeugeot 308 CC 1.6 e-HDi ActiveAudi A3 1.6 TDI Cabrio
On the road price/total as tested£23,245/£25,765£23,565/£24,740£22,370/£24,135
Residual value (after 3yrs/36,000)£10,321/44.4%£9,120/38.7%£10,760/48.1%
Annual tax liability std/higher rate£603/£1,206£846/£1,693£580/£1,160
Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles)£1,670/£2,784£1,883/£3,138£1,855/£3,092
Insurance group/quote17/£42218/£42321/£600
Road tax band/costC/£30D/£95C/£30
Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service£299 (3y/30k miles)£179/£179/£299£1,296 (3y/30k miles)
Engine4cyl in-line/1,598cc4cyl in-line/1,560cc4cyl in-line/1,598cc
Peak power/revs 104/4,400 bhp/rpm112/3,600 bhp/rpm104/4,400 bhp/rpm
Peak torque/revs 250/1,500Nm/rpm270/1,750Nm/rpm250/1,500Nm/rpm
Transmission 5-spd man/fwd6-spd man/fwd5-spd man/fwd
Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel55 litres/space-saver60 litres/full-size55 litres/foam
Boot capacity (roof up/down) 250/250 litres403/226 litres260/260 litres
Roof timings (open/shut)13.0/12.0 secs24.0/22.0 secs11.0/14.0 secs
Kerbweight/payload/towing weight1,501/494/1,400kg1,535/415/1,200kg1,430/500/1,400kg
Turning circle/drag coefficient10.9 metres/0.34Cd10.7 metres/0.33Cd10.7 metres/0.33Cd
Basic warranty/recovery3yrs (60k miles)/1yr3yrs (unltd miles)/1yr3yrs (60k miles)/3yrs
Service intervals/UK dealersVariable/22312,500 miles (2yrs)/300Variable/135
Driver Power 2011 manufacturer pos15th30th7th
Driver Power 2010 dealer position24th25th26th
0-60/30-70mph12.5/13.6 secs12.3/13.0 secs12.5/13.6 secs
30-50mph4.9/7.9 secs4.4/5.6 secs5.3/8.4 secs
50-70mph10.7 secs/N/A8.0/10.3 secs11.7 secs/N/A
Top speed/rpm at 70mph 117mph/2,100rpm119mph/2,100rpm118mph/2,200rpm
Braking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph 48.1/34.3/8.7m46.9/34.6/8.7m48.7/34.8/8.7m
Auto Express economy/range45.2mpg/547 miles40.1mpg/529 miles40.7mpg/492 miles
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined 54.3/68.9/64.2mpg44.8/68.9/57.5mpg54.3/72.4/65.7mpg
Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket167/117g/km/13%189/128g/km/18%186/114g/km/13%
Airbags/Isofix/rear parking sensorsFive/yes/yesSix/yes/yesFour/yes/£305
Auto gearbox/stability/cruise controlNo/yes/yesNo/yes/yesNo/yes/£220
Climate control/leather/heated seatsYes/£2,160/£380Yes/£1,570/£1,570^£385/£1,040/£255
Met. paint/xenon lights/wind deflector£470/£1,155/yes£440/no/£210£510/£1,020/£235
Sat-nav/USB connection/Bluetooth£720/yes/yes£735/yes/yes£890/£185/£250

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