Which used Volkswagen Golf Plus hatchback should I buy?
Don't bother with the 79bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine, as it struggles. With the cabin full of family and the big boot full of clobber, holidays won't be as happy as they could be.
In summer 2006, a year after the Plus went on sale, VW introduced a 1.4-litre petrol engine (TSI) with a turbo- and a supercharger. It's something of a star, with 138bhp and 162lb ft of pulling power, and easily outguns the 1.6-litre petrol.
However, as is often the case with a VW, diesel is the way to go, and there's a choice of three engines. We favour the 104bhp 1.9 TDI, but the 89bhp version and the more powerful 138bhp 2.0-litre are also worth a look.
Trim-wise, there's no need to complicate things. Stick with entry-level models - initially badged S, later changed to the slightly bizarre Luna - and you'll get air-con, central locking and a CD player.
Equipment improves on SE, Sport and GT trims, but you won't miss out on anything important by going for the most basic S. Safety, however, is excellent on all with six-airbags, stability control and anti-lock-brakes fitted across the range.