Only two trim levels are offered, S and SE, both additionally available with economy maximising Bluemotion technology in 1.6 TDI guise. The S comes with air conditioning, a CD player, a multi-function computer and body coloured bumpers, mirrors, side strips and door handles. It does however make do with 15-inch steel wheels. For standard alloy wheels you’ll need SE, it adding 16-inch alloys as well as a leather steering wheel and cruise control. The big gain in SE specification is Park Assist system, which will automatically steer your Golf Plus into a parking space just 1.1 metres longer than the car itself.
Engine choices are limited to two petrol and two diesel units. The entry-level 1.2 TSI petrol and 1.6-litre TDI turbodiesel make do with 5-speed manual transmissions, the 1.2 TSI only delivering 84bhp but countering its lowly output is a decent 48.7mpg combined fuel consumption figure. The 1.6 TDI betters that with 60.1mpg, or if you’ve specified it in Bluemotion guise 65.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 114g/km (64.2mpg and 115g/km if specified with the optional seven-speed DSG automatic).
Larger 1.4 TSI and 2.0 TDI engines deliver 43.5mpg and 55.4mpg respectively, each coming as standard with six-speed manual transmissions and also available with a six-speed DSG automatic.
Running costs should be reasonable in all, with VW servicing costs no more than the mainstream norm and insurance costs are sensible, too.