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2000 Volkswagen Cabriolet Review
Simple, sporty, and fun.
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The 2000 Volkswagen Cabriolet is a convertible version of the popular Golf. The history of the Cabriolet or ?Cabrio? can be traced back to the first generation of the Golf. The Volkswagen Golf was introduced in 1974 as a replacement for the Beetle. Over the years, new variants were introduced, and the convertible Cabriolet was launched in 1980 sometime after the sedan variant Jetta.
Engines: 2.0-liter I-4
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Volkswagen Cabriolet GL, Volkswagen Cabriolet GLS
The 2000 Volkswagen Cabriolet gets some new additions to its features list. These additions include sun-visor extenders, an improved theft protection system, and an indicator for brake wear. An optional in-dash CD player is available from dealers. The 2000 Volkswagen Cabriolet is also available with a non-smoking package.
Unlike the Golf, which is designed according to the Volkswagen Group A4 platform, the 2000 Volkswagen Cabriolet uses the A3 platform that was used in the previous generation of the Golf and Jetta. The platform of the Cabriolet is expected to remain unchanged for two to three years more, after which it will be expected to switch to the current-generation A4 platform. The presence of a fixed roll bar over the interior of the Cabriolet stiffens the body and gives the car greater rigidity than most other convertibles in the market at present. The base GL model comes with a manual-folding cloth top, while the top-end GLS model comes with a power top.
The 2000 Volkswagen Cabriolet has a user-friendly control layout with a stylish and self-evident dashboard. The blue instrument backlight is useful and attractive. The front seats of the car offer lots of headroom and legroom, and entry and exit is very convenient. In fact, it is safe to say that the Cabriolet has the easiest entry and exit of all convertibles and sports coupes. The rear bench is wide enough to seat just two people, and legroom and headroom are just enough. However, legroom reduces drastically when the front seats are pushed back. For the rear, entry and exit is difficult even with the top down because of the rigid roll bar. Cargo space is not a strong suit for the Cabriolet, but then again, all convertibles suffer from meager cargo room. The rear bench does fold down for more space, but the trunk opening itself is too small to fit in anything bigger than a medium-sized suitcase.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Volkswagen Cabriolet is fitted with a two-liter, straight-four engine that is also used in the Golf and Jetta models. This engine delivers 115 horsepower and is available with a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. No other engine options are available for this car. Unlike its performance in the Golf, the two-liter engine delivers quite a good performance for the Cabriolet. The car takes off quickly and sprints to complete passes with little lag when used with the manual transmission. The automatic transmission increases the lag a little, especially when the car is going up steep inclines.
The Cabriolet offers a fun driving experience with superb road feel. The thick steering wheel is easy to hold, and the convertible feels sure and solid at high speeds. Like the Golf, the Cabriolet has excellent handling characteristics. Although the car does tend to float a little over deep troughs and large crests, its suspension absorbs most bumps with ease. The steering is firm and precise, although tight corners and winding roads tend to increase the body lean of the car to an uncomfortable level. Nevertheless, the car does corner safely and predictably. For a convertible, the 2000 Volkswagen Cabriolet is also quite refined. Wind rush with the top up and tire noise is only moderate. The straight-four engine tends to growl loudly when pushed too hard, but it stays quiet and controlled at cruising speeds.
There are no government crash test results available for the 2000 Volkswagen Cabriolet. The car is available with airbags and anti-lock brakes as standard.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Great ride quality and handling
- ABS and standard airbags
- Long warranty period
- Good value for money
You Won't Like
- Outdated styling
- Lack of storage space
Simple, sporty, and fun.
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