The cheekiness of the Golf Cabrio has always leant it a more masculine air than current topless MINIs can offer, while each Golf GTI has always been a keenly awaited generational event.
Yet they’ve not offered the two together in the same bodyshell since the first generation Cabrio. Who knows why?
The Cabrio has always sold strongly, but maybe the body rigidity didn’t live up to VW’s ideas of what a GTI should have. Now, though, they think they’ve got a good handle on it.