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Motoring #7
Review: 6-wheel car: Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet
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Volkswagen news 
six wheel carSIX WHEELS ON MY WAGEN
VW unveil their versatile new golf cabriolet at the Frankfurt Motor Show this month. The 6- wheel car has an extended rear end with four passenger seats which fold down to create the storage facility of a mini pick-up truck. VW, mindful of the Toyota Tundra's limited success in the US pick-up truck market, are at pains to point out that the new vehicle aims to create a new niche, rather than fill an existing one.
Wreckered road test
Can this 6-wheel car really be all things to all men ? A sporty cabriolet, an occasional pick-up truck, a people carrier and an off-road fun buggy ? Well, it certainly has a good try. My wife liked it, my kids loved it and I .. well.. sort of liked it, but can't help feeling that VW has done little more than make long called- for improvements to the existing Cabriolet, stuck bells and whistles on it and, well, added wheels.

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On the road
A meaty 3-litre V6 delivers 240bhp for a 0-60
in under 9.0sec. Not bad considering the
dimensions and extra weight of the car.

With chassis stiffening and the extra height-adjustable wheels, the cabriolet is composed
and assured even over rough terrain.

6-speed manual gearbox (nice, for a 6-wheel car) gives satisfying, if not startling, ratios. Overall a very nice ride. Heavy at her rear end but that's rarely an issue when you let the throttle out.

In the cabin
The age old fight between fabric roofs and boot space is resolved by the car's 5100mm length and the fold-down flat-back features. Raked screen provides minimal buffeting even at high speed and the top itself fits snug enough to keep wind noise to an acceptable hiss.

The stronger chassis has eliminated the rattle which often bedevilled the MK IVs. The cockpit is familiar to any Golf owner, but with better quality trim throughout and only a few new switches to startle the unwary - the green button by the rev counter makes aqualungs appear from the cowls and the car changes into a submarine.

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