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.
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.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
We're yet to drive the Golf Plus with the 1.2-litre petrol engine, but the turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol unit, which churns out 121bhp, delivers punchy performance. Volkswagen also offers two turbodiesel engines - a 1.6 (with either 89- or 103bbhp) and a 2.0-litre unit with 138bhp - and even the lower-powered version feels pretty gutsy.
Ride & Handling
The Golf Plus might look similar to the latest Golf hatchback, but under the skin it's more closely related to the previous-generation model. This isn't such a bad thing, because it means the Plus strikes a fine balance between handling and ride comfort, although it rolls more than the hatch through bends due to its taller body.
There's a fair bit of wind noise from around the door mirrors at motorway speeds, so the Golf Plus isn't as quiet as a regular Golf. However, road noise is kept to a minimum and the engines are smooth, with the higher-powered diesel particularly impressive.