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2002 Volkswagen Cabriolet Review
A lovely vehicle for the young at heart.
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The 2002 Volkswagen Cabriolet is a vehicle for an outgoing and lively personality, as it is an outgoing and lively vehicle. This sister to the VW Golf is an attention grabber for its convertible body as well as its deceptively small size. Though the Volkswagen Cabriolet cannot pass for being anything other than a small vehicle, it gives hands-down competition to most of its peers in the convertible range. As is the general impression with all convertibles, the Volkswagen Cabriolet is not ideal for ferrying passengers in the rear and it has tight rear legroom and headroom.
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Volkswagen Cabrio GL, Volkswagen Cabrio GLS, Volkswagen Cabrio GLX
The 2002 Volkswagen Cabriolet's technology is a carry forward of the Golf with a reasonable two-liter and four-cylinder engine producing 115-hp. The standard transmission is a five-speed manual while the four-speed automatic transmission comes as an option. New standard safety features include side-impact airbags and an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS).
The 2002 Volkswagen Cabriolet has attractive body-colored moldings that enhance its look. It gives a sportier attitude that goes well with its power convertible roof top and 14-inch alloy wheels fitted with 195/60R H all-season tires. It rides on 97.4 inch wheelbase sitting close to the ground at 4.4 inches ground clearance. Its small convertible exterior dimensions are 66.7 inches width, 56 inches height, 160.4 inches length, and it can ferry an impressive amount of stuff in its eight cubic feet cargo capacity.
The 2002 Volkswagen Cabriolet has heated seats for the driver and the passenger, and all seats come with height-adjustable headrests that are both an aesthetic and a safety feature. The interior comes with leather bucket seats in the front and the rear has folding leather covered seats. Power fittings include remote power door locks, power windows, and heated power mirrors. Convenience and comfort features include air-conditioning, while the interior finish has leather on the shift knob and on the steering wheel. The driver and passenger each have an illuminating vanity mirror while the seats collapse forward to give easy rear entry. It comes with light in the trunk and remote trunk release is a standard feature in this edition.
The 2002 Volkswagen Cabriolet’s dashboard includes a clock, various safety indicators are on the driving panel such as low fuel and low tire pressure signals. The dashboard has an AM/FM radio and CD-player with stereo, while mast antenna and eight speakers support the sound and entertainment system. Power steering operates on a tilt-adjustable steering wheel. The storage spots are in the front console and on the door pockets, while cup holders are in the front and in the rear. The interior dimensions are 38.7 inches headroom, 42.3 inches legroom, 54.1 inches shoulder room in the front, and in the rear it has 36.6 inches headroom, 31.1 inches legroom, and 46.5 inches shoulder room.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Volkswagen Cabriolet has a front-wheel-drive, five-speed manual transmission with the base engine mounted on the GL. It's a two-liter four-cylinder that produces 115-hp at 5200 rpm and 122 lb-ft torque at 2600 rpm, built with a single overhead cam (SOHC) and eight standard valves.
The 2002 Volkswagen Cabriolet's suspension system includes MacPherson strut suspension, torsion beam suspension in the rear, and independent front suspension. Additional safety features includes a four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), ventilated disc brakes in the front, and solid disc brakes in the rear, as well as electronic brake-force distribution.
The 2002 Volkswagen Cabriolet's safety features include side-mounted airbags while the headrests for all seats in the front and in the rear are height-adjustable. Height adjustable headrests protect occupants from whiplash. The rear seat comes with child seat anchors, and it comes with remote anti-theft alarm system and an engine immobilizer system. It has an emergency trunk release in the interior that enables someone accidentally trapped within to open it. For additional driving safety, it comes with daytime running lights and fog lights.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Free-spirit look
- Better interior dimensions for convertible
- Comfortable fit with roof-top up or down
- Color options
You Won't Like
- Interior materials
- Pricey maintenance
A lovely vehicle for the young at heart.
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