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Volkswagen Golf Plus (2009-14)

Overall Rating

4 stars

Practical and adaptable boot, the overall car is only slightly bigger than the Golf hatchback. It is ideal for small families, or those with small children who need just a little more space than a regular hatchback.

For
  • Volkswagen superb build quality
  • Economical engines
  • Generous space, particularly in the boot
Against
  • Plain styling
  • Not as practical as the Golf estate
  • Entry level petrol engines struggles
Road Test

Volkswagen have given the exterior a bit more pizzazz with a new grille and headlights, and updated the interior. Build quality is still very high and it's not quite as dull as the previous model - but still not exactly aw inspiring. Rear seating is really designed for two so three adults would be a squeeze, but the slightly raised position of the seating makes it comfortable for long distances and more practical for fitting and removing car seats. Drivers position is high and fully adjustable. SE versions have a variable boot floor, which either increases load space when lowered, or creates a level load area when raised and the rear seats are folded flat. Rear seats slide back and forward, so you vary space between the boot and rear passengers too. As you would expect, it does drive similarly to the Golf. Steering feels accurate around town, and copes well out on the open road, with minimal roll. Comfortable and quiet in the cabin, it's great for motorway journeys (as long as you don't chose the 1.4 petrol engine that it is - see below). Not all Golf engines are available on the Golf Plus, but there is a decent choice. Two petrol models offered are the 1.4 80bhp, returning 43mpg but inadequate for motorway driving, and the stronger 1.4 122bhp returning 44mpg. Diesel options are the 1.6 TDI with 90 or 105bhp returning 60mpg. 2.0 TDI unit at 110 and 140bhp outputs returning 55mpg. Shortly after launch the 1.6 Bluemotion came off the production line, returning a massive 66mpp with just 114g/km CO2. Transmissions choices through the range are 5 speed manual, 6 speed manual or 7 speed DSG auto gearbox (an automatic gear selection system allowing for near spontaneous gear change) - available all SE trims, which does vary the mpg slightly. Trim levels start with S as standard and features ESP, aircon, CD player with four speakers, body coloured bumpers and 15" steel wheels. Top spec SE trim adds cruise control, leather steering wheel, CD player with eight speakers, 16" alloy wheels and Park Assist. This comes with parking sensors which can be used in isolation, but in full assist mode it will measure a parking space and steer in through reverse park maneuver with the driver working the accelerator and break.

Need To Know

NCAP: Not graded

Best Models: 1.6 Bluemotion

Worst Models: 1.4 petrol


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Volkswagen Golf Plus (2009-14)
Star Ratings

Handling

4 stars

Comfort

4 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars

Performance

4 stars

Roominess

4 stars

Running Costs

4 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

4 stars
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