1996 Volkswagen Cabriolet

  • 1996 Volkswagen Cabriolet Base Convertible

    Base Convertible

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1996 Volkswagen Cabriolet Review

A fun convertible with a low price tag.

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The Cabriolet classifies as a convertible produced by Volkswagen. Initially, it received a lukewarm response. However, this response changed when Volkswagen redesigned the Cabriolet using the Volkswagen Golf hatchback as the base of the model. The name of this new convertible shortened to Cabrio.

The 1996 Volkswagen Cabriolet does not offer quite as good of a value as the Golf on which it is based. However, the Cabriolet does succeed at being a fun, reliable convertible to drive. The interior feels fairly spacious and includes a good variety of standard features, as well, when compared to the competition.

The Range

Body Styles: convertible
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Volkswagen Cabriolet

What's New

The 1996 Volkswagen Cabriolet now offers daytime running lights as a standard feature. The body has been slightly remolded to alter the styling. A central locking switch now sits on the dashboard. A new color also joins the lineup.


The Volkswagen Cabriolet serves as a two-door convertible. Measuring in at a total length of 160.4 inches, the Cabriolet remains significantly smaller than most other vehicles on the road. The 1996 Volkswagen Cabriolet actually measures the same length as the Golf. In fact, both vehicles, outside the differences in body design, look extremely similar. They show some differences in styling, but for the most part these differences look subtle. Standard features on the Cabriolet include power heated mirrors.


The Volkswagen Cabriolet serves as a four-seat convertible. The seats feel comfortable and while the legroom doesn’t seem amazing, it proves adequate for most people. The standard features of the 1996 Volkswagen Cabriolet include power windows, power locks, cruise control, an AM/FM radio, and a cassette player. Air-conditioning and leather seating remain available as optional features.

Performance & Handling

The Volkswagen Cabriolet handles almost identically to the Volkswagen Golf with the same size engine. The two-liter, four-cylinder engine gives it a decent amount of acceleration and speed. Similar to the Golf, the 1996 Volkswagen Cabriolet offers good handling and cornering, allowing it to maneuver with ease. The Cabriolet is not a roadster, but it offers a fun drive, especially compared to many similarly priced vehicles.


Dual front airbags provide the only safety feature in the 1996 Volkswagen Cabriolet. No other features, including four-wheel anti-lock brakes, remain available, even as optional equipment, unlike in the Golf.

EPA Fuel Economy

Volkswagen Cabriolet 2.0-liter four-cylinder, manual: 20/28 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Cabriolet 2.0-liter four-cylinder, automatic: 19/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good performance and handling
  • Low price

You Won't Like

  • Offers little more than the Golf, but costs more money

Sum Up

A fun convertible with a low price tag.

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