Four engines give performance ranging from slovenly to respectable - no Golf Plus is ever being bought with traffic light Grand Prix in mind. Just as well if you opt for the 1.2 TSI, which with just 84bhp feels a bit overwhelmed in the heavyweight Golf Plus, taking 13.4 seconds to reach 62mph and running out of go at 108mph.

The 104bhp 1.6 TDI turbodiesel fares no better against the clock, indeed it’s slower, with a 0-62mph time of 13.5 seconds. Its advantage is its additional torque, with 170lb ft arriving at 1500rpm. It’s got quite a narrow band though, so you’ll be busy with the five-speed manual to keep it in its sweet spot. 

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

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Four engines give performance ranging from slovenly to respectable

Opt for the 120bhp 1.4 TSI petrol and you’ll reach 62mph quicker, but it’s a more frenetic drive, lacking the mid-range pull of the diesel choices. It’s smooth though, even at high revs. 

Best of the bunch is the 2.0 TDI, which offers 138bhp and 236lb.ft of torque - delivered from 1,750-2,500rpm. It’s the only Golf Plus to slip under 10 seconds to 62mph with a time of 9.8 seconds. It’s not its sprinting prowess among its relatives that marks it out though, instead it’s the relative ease by which it manages the Golf Plus’ bulk. If you’re planning on using the Golf Plus as VW intends you to, that is with a family on board, you’ll appreciate the more muscular delivery from the 2.0 TDI. Mate it to the six-speed DSG for the greatest all-round and easiest driving Golf Plus.

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