For This engine strikes the best balance between performance, price and fuel economy. Entry-level S trim comes with air-con, all-round electric windows, stability control and six airbags.
Against Some desirable kit is missing, such as alloy wheels and cruise control. One of the diesel engines may make more long-term financial sense for high-mileage drivers.
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The best engine at an affordable price. Little wonder that this is our favourite Golf Plus, although the standard Golf hatch is cheaper and will be practical enough for many.
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VW Golf Plus buyers can choose from five engines, all of which are sourced from the regular Golf hatch.
Cheapest is the 84bhp 1.2 TSI petrol engine, while the 121bhp 1.4 turbo combines affordable running costs with punchy performance. Diesel fans are also well catered for, having 89- and 103bhp 1.6s as well as a 138bhp 2.0-litre engines to choose from. These feature common-rail fuel injection, so they're far smoother than the diesels in the original Golf Plus.
Aside from its engines, the latest Golf Plus is actually more closely related to the previous-generation Mk5 Golf than the current Mk6. However, it gets a bespoke interior and looks suitably modern because it has the Mk6's angular headlights and slim horizontal front grille.
Just make sure you haggle hard. The Golf Plus is priced higher than equivalent versions of the regular Golf, but doesn't hold its value as well.