For The Volkswagen Golf Plus has more space and offers easier access than a regular Golf hatchback. Most of the engines are strong and it's good to drive, despite the tall body.
Against It's not as versatile or flexible as many compact MPVs. It costs more to buy than the equivalent Golf hatch and doesn't hold its value as well.
The ordinary Golf will be practical enough for most buyers, but the extra space and versatility of the VW Golf Plus make it worth considering if you've got a young family.
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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.
There's little wrong with this car, because you're getting the best engine and lots of kit. Some buyers might be tempted to stick with the cheaper S model, though.