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).

2.0 TDI is our pick of the diesels. It's more refined, and barely any less economical than the 1.6 TDI in the real world

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. 


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