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
|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.
On the road
3-litre V6 delivers 240bhp for a 0-60
in under 9.0sec. Not bad considering the
dimensions and extra weight of the car.
stiffening and the extra height-adjustable wheels, the cabriolet
and assured even over rough terrain.
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
|In the cabin
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
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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