Used car of the week: Volkswagen Golf Plus

* Used versions of the Volkswagen Golf Plus from £7500 * Real-world examples  * All part of What Car?'s Approved Used scheme...

Used car of the week: Volkswagen Golf Plus

Looking for an MPV but don't need seven seats and the giant proportions that come with them? A Volkswagen Golf Plus could be the car for you.

The second-generation Golf Plus now starts from as little as £7500 on the used market. It sits between the standard Golf hatchback and the Golf Estate – and is roughly the same length and width as the hatch but is taller and features a raised seating position. This extra height means more space for luggage and passengers. The rear seats aren't as adaptable as some of its rivals, but the extra height makes getting children in and out of child seats that much easier than in the hatch.

Launched in 2009, all versions get air-conditioning and front and rear electric windows. SE models add automatic headlights and wipers, front and rear parking sensors and alloy wheels.

Our pick of the range is the 1.6 TDI 105 SE. It boasts decent running costs and performance, and is also the most widely available model on the used market, so you get more choice.

Volkswagen Golf Plus problems

Owners of the Golf Plus are generally very happy with their cars. In the 2014 JD Power survey, the Golf Plus came second overall and first in the small family car category. However, as with any used car, there are things you need to be aware of.

The interior plastics can scuff and mark easily, which is not ideal for a car that's specifically for families.

Electrical glitches can cause headaches and owners report warning lights that illuminate and then go out randomly. Watch out for this on a test drive.

2.0 TDI models were recalled to fix a problem with the fuel lines that could cause fuel to leak. Make sure this work has been carried out.

Service intervals for the Golf Plus are every 19,000 miles or every two years.

Here's our pick of the best Volkswagen Golf Plus MK2s in the What Car? approved used classifieds:

Volkswagen Golf Plus 1.4 TSI S

This 2009 car is the cheapest version in the What Car? classifieds at £7591. It's a 1.4 TSI S model with just 21,000 miles on the clock.

Volkswagen Golf Plus 1.4 TSI SE

Another 2009 1.4 TSI but this time in our preferred SE trim, which means it has alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors and a useful variable boot floor. It's done just over 50,000 miles and is yours for £8000.

Volkswagen Golf Plus 1.6 TDI 105 SE

The 1.6 TDI 105 SE is our pick of the range. This 2010 car has just 23,000 miles on the clock and is on the market for £9490.

Volkswagen Golf Plus 1.6 TDI 105 SE

The most expensive model in this round-up is a 2012 car that's done 15,000 miles. It's in our preferred specification and is on the market for £14,000.

Visit our Approved Used Cars finder to uncover hundreds of other choices from Trusted Dealers.