1998 Volkswagen Cabriolet

  • 1998 Volkswagen Cabriolet Base Convertible

    Base Convertible

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      2.0L I4
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  • 1998 Volkswagen Cabriolet GLS Convertible

    GLS Convertible

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    • SEATS
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
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1998 Volkswagen Cabriolet Review

Eye catching and economical.

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The Cabriolet was first introduced in 1993 by Volkswagen to replace the old Rabbit-based Cabriolet. With its sleek style and convenience, it became well known as a great car to have for any driver. The price makes it affordable for nearly everyone to purchase, and with the great fuel economy, it is a good car to zip around the town or neighborhood.

The Range

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

What's New

Volkswagen has been making continued updates to this wonderful car since it started production. They have made improvements to the brakes and airbags, as well as making the seats softer and sleeker than ever.


The 1998 Volkswagen Cabriolet comes with a six-layer convertible top that protects all passengers from the harsh outdoors. There is also a roll bar to protect passengers from accidents. Moreover, there is a folded top boot cover to go with it. The halogen headlights are another stylish feature of this car. These headlights have a unique look that gives them a European flare. Both Cabriolet models come with power adjustable side view mirrors. Two-speed windshield wipers and tinted glass also accent the exterior of the Cabriolet.


The 1998 Volkswagen Cabriolet comes with an excellent interior with a large center console for storing personal items. There are cup holders everywhere for convenient beverage handling and several additional pockets in various places throughout the car, including behind the seats. For the smoker, the Cabriolet has an illuminated ashtray.

The 1998 Volkswagen Cabriolet has seating that's comfortable, and the rear seats fold down for added storage room. The front sport seats recline fully, and the driver seat can be adjusted to the proper height, given the driver’s preferences. The steering wheel is fully adjustable. All seats are covered with cloth and have integrated headrests, while the folding seats can lock into place.

All of the 1998 Volkswagen Cabriolet’s gauges are logically placed and easy to view. The car’s trip odometer can come in handy when keeping track of distance travelled. The Cabriolet comes standard with an AM/FM radio, but this can be upgraded to a CD player for an extra charge. The stereo comes fitted with eight speakers and is connected to an anti-theft system.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Volkswagen Cabriolet’s two-liter, four-cylinder engine provides a decent amount of power for such a small vehicle. The engine has two valves per cylinder, an overhead cam, and a cast iron block. The five-speed manual offers a more sport-like driving experience, but the four-speed automatic is much more convenient overall.


The 1998 Volkswagen Cabriolet has several standard and optional safety features. All Cabriolets come fitted with a roll bar to protect against high-speed accidents. There is also the option of an anti-lock brake system (ABS) and front passenger airbags.

EPA Fuel Economy

Volkswagen Cabriolet GL: 21/31 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Cabriolet GLS: 21/31 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Great fuel economy
  • Roomy trunk
  • Styling

You Won't Like

  • No remote trunk button
  • A few interior issues over time
  • Expensive replacement parts

Sum Up

Eye catching and economical.

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