A taller, roomier, more versatile version of the Golf Mk V. Good ride and reasonably tidy handling. The 2.0 TDI 140 DSG is the one to have.
Slightly thirstier than the equivalent Golf. The 1.6 FSI and 1.9 TDI 105 are unremarkable performers.
Latest Update VW Golf Plus 2005 - 2009: Warranty on DSG extended to 5 years or 150,000 kilometres in Russia, China and Australia.
5-1-2013: 69,000 mile 2005 VW Golf Plus DSG developed alarming jolts and jerks usually at slow speeds. On one ocasion the engine revved up highly when the gearbox was in drive mode ie. in midst of traffic my car lost forward drive and slowed down despite foot pressure on accelerator. Reader took car to local VW garage who diagnose gearbox fault -oil contamination in gearbox wiring loom-TP reference 2022248/4 requiring replacement of internal gearbox looms. Their quotation for this repair is £ 814-70.
29-12-2012: Yet another Mechatronics failure in 22k mile 4 year old 1.4TSI DSG. Cost £1,600, but VAG paid 60%.
Introduction (from: VW Golf Plus 2005 Road Test):
Renault has to be congratulated for changing the way people think about cars. Renault invented ‘Multi Purpose Vehicle' with its 7-seater Espace. And followed up with the similarly versatile 5-seater Scenic. Now, if a manufacturer wants to sell a lot of cars it has to offer more than just a standard family hatchback. As well as a saloon version and an estate, it has to offer an MPV.
So Citroen has the Picasso, FIAT has the Multipla, Ford has the C-Max, Honda has the FR-V, Mazda has the Premacy (about to be replaced by the Mazda 5), Nissan has the Almera Tino, SEAT has the Altea, Toyota has the Corolla Verso, Vauxhall has the Zafira.
VW already had the Touran. Now, mid-way between the Touran and the Golf, it offers us the Golf Plus.