A Golf Plus will set you back a few hundred pounds more than the equivalent Golf hatch, so it's important to make sure you really need the extra room. It won't hold its value as well, either, but otherwise running costs should be about the same.
Volkswagen Golf Plus MPV quality & reliability
The mechanical bits are tried and tested, so as long as you follow the servicing schedule everything should remain trouble-free. Owners rated its reliability as average in the 2012 JD Power survey. The interior trim looks smart with its chrome-ringed air vents set in a soft-touch dash, but harder plastics with sharp edges located in out-of-the-way places show where economies have been made.
Volkswagen Golf Plus MPV safety & security
The Golf Plus is well armed with active safety features (stability control and anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution) and passive back-up (six airbags and front head restraints that are optimised to minimise whiplash). Security kit is pretty good, too, with deadlocks, a visible VIN and plenty of marked parts for every version.