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Volkswagen Golf Plus (09-13) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

Easy to drive and park, plenty of rear passenger room, excellent build quality, good choice of economical engines

CONS

Really a facelift of the old model rather than an all new car

PROS

Easy to drive and park, plenty of rear passenger room, excellent build quality, good choice of economical engines

CONS

Really a facelift of the old model rather than an all new car

Volkswagen Golf Plus rivals

Fitting in between the standard Golf and the Touran, the Volkswagen Golf Plus is an ideal choice for small families who need extra space and practicality, but in a car no longer than an ordinary hatchback. Like the Golf, it's well built, good to drive and available with some impressively economical engines. Strictly speaking, this isn't really an all-new model, more a facelift of the first Golf Plus, but the changes are welcome ones.

The new grille and lights echo the 2009 Golf and give a sharper appearance while inside there's increased space and a more sophisticated cabin. There have been a few exterior changes – the new Golf Plus has as lower profile, fully colour-coded and redesigned bumpers and revised rear lights with LED technology and inside it feels like a more quality offering.

The line-up is very simple with just two trim levels: S and SE. The top-spec SE comes very well equipped, including features such as Park Assist - a neat system that steers into parallel spaces for you - as standard. The Golf Plus and the Golf hatchback are very similar: they have the same wheelbase and major mechanical components but because the Plus is taller (raised by 113 mm to 1,592 mm) it offers more interior space than the hatchback.

Clearly, this should be attractive to buyers who don’t need the seven-seater Touran, but need that little bit of extra storage space, not available in the standard Golf. There’s more stowage areas and loadspace, more leg room for all occupants and because the rears seats can be shifted lengthways by 160mm and folded via a new system Golf Plus owners get much more flexibility.

The boot is a sizeable 505 litres and when the rear seats are folded down you get an almost flat load area offering a total of 1,450 litres. As is standard on most hatchbacks, the rear seats on the Golf Plus can be split 60/40, with the middle seat doubling as a fold-down drinks table. Top-spec models get a double height boot floor for even greater flexibility.

There are two 1.4-litre petrol engine choices with 79bhp and 120bhp power outputs and a 1.6-litre diesel with 89bhp or 108bhp as well as a 2.0-litre diesel with 138bhp. The 2.0-litre is offered with the with the six-speed DSG automatic, and Volkswagen’s seven-speed DSG semi-automatic gearbox is offered with 1.4-litre 120bhp engine. To find out more, read the full Volkswagen Golf Plus review that follows.

Volkswagen Golf Plus rivals

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