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2001 Volkswagen Cabriolet

  • 2001 Volkswagen Cabriolet GL Convertible
    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      115/122
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $20,475
  • 2001 Volkswagen Cabriolet GLS Convertible
    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      115/122
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $21,475
  • 2001 Volkswagen Cabriolet GLX Convertible
    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      115/122
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $23,175
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2001 Volkswagen Cabriolet Review

Offers drivers a spirited and fun convertible driving experience.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The two-door four-seat Cabriolet was initially introduced in 1979 as the convertible counterpart to the Rabbit and sold in the U.S. as the Rabbit convertible. At this early stage, it was powered by a fuel-injected, 1.6-liter engine making 76 horsepower also featuring a ""basket handle"" roll bar that served two purposes: to add strength and rigidity to the frame and provide protection during a possible roll-over.

The Range

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

What's New

The 2001 Volkswagen Cabriolet improves trunk release button and introduced the GLX trim. The base GL now has a manual vinyl folding top instead of a cloth cover with manual windows and mirrors. The midlevel GLS comes with a manual cloth top, power windows and mirrors, and heated seats, while the top-of-the-line GLX has a power top cloth and fancy leather interior.

Exterior

The 2001 Volkswagen Cabriolet’s comes in a full inch shorter than its Beetle cousin with wheelbase dimensions at 97 inches and a 160 length, 67 width, 56 height and a 4.5-inch ground clearance. More rigidly designed than most other convertibles on the road, it offers a higher degree of driver and passenger protection thanks in part to a fixed roll bar over the interior that helps stiffen the body. Seated on top of 14-inch steel wheels, it comes in seven different exterior tones.

Interior

Despite the fact that the 2001 Volkswagen Cabriolet is a small car, there’s a surprising amount of legroom with over 42 inches for the front cabin; the rear seats are unfortunately quite cramped as is the common downfall of cars this size. The interior dash is a handsome collection of stylish chrome accents set amidst a series of instrument dials that are illuminated in indigo blue and red trim. All three trims come with AC, an AM/FM stereo with CD changer, and a glass rear window with defogger. Optional amenities include power windows, cruise control, heated seats, a power-operated convertible top, leather seats, and fog lights.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 Volkswagen Cabriolet is powered by the same engine across all models: a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder that generates 115 hp and 122 lb-ft of torque. Teamed with a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission, it delivers a agile driving experience that holds the road with confidence that's an ideal soft-top ride designed for a sunny weekend getaway.

Safety

The 2001 Volkswagen Cabriolet's standard safety features include all-wheel anti-lock brakes, dual front-side mounted airbags, child seat anchors, anti-theft alarm system, two front cabin headrests, and an emergency rear trunk release function.

EPA Fuel Economy

Volkswagen Cabriolet: 21/28 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Great warranty
  • Fun ride; excellent handling
  • Standard side airbags and anti-lock brakes
  • decent fuel economy

You Won't Like

  • Outdated exterior styling
  • Limited storage space

Sum Up

Offers drivers a spirited and fun convertible driving experience.

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