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.
Volkswagen Golf Plus MPV 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.
Volkswagen Golf Plus MPV refinement
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.