Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 42 - 65 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

Compared to the previous model, Volkswagen Golf Plus running costs have improved greatly. They use more efficient engines and all are capable of more than 40mpg - the best choice for running costs is the 1.6 TDI BlueMotion which averages 66mpg. Servicing and parts aren't always particularly cheap at Volkswagen dealers though and the brand doesn't always perform as well as it should in customer satisfaction surveys.

Insurance should be reasonable though with the entry level 1.4-litre in group 4 going up to group 8 for the 2.0 TDI 140.

All the engines in the range are frugal and as a result CO2 emissions are pretty low. The 1.6 TDI models emit 125g/km of CO2 and can return 60mpg while even the more powerful 2.0 TDI 140 only emits 135g/km of CO2 and averages 55mpg. The Bluemotion models are the best though with economy of 66mpg and emissions of just 114g/km of CO2.

Volkswagen Golf Plus reliability should be excellent because the German car maker has a history of building bulletproof vehicles. The previous model proved very durable over its lifetime with no major problems.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £30 - £205
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Insurance group 7 - 19
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