Review: Volkswagen Golf Plus (2005 – 2009)
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.
Volkswagen Golf Plus (2005 – 2009): At A Glance
The Gulf Plus is only 3.75” taller than the Golf. But that’s enough to allow passengers to sit slightly more upright which most find more comfortable. And, since bent legs don’t take up so much length, the designers can offer a choice of more legroom or a longer load-bay.
To facilitate this the 60/40 split back seats can be slid forward or backward on runners. One or both can be flopped down to form an almost flat luggage deck. The armrest centre section can be folded, allowing long objects like skis to poke through. And the passenger seat can be folded so two people can travel behind each other and alongside a surfboard, for example. On left-hand drive models, that 60/40 split means three can travel beside the surfboard
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Volkswagen Golf Plus (2005 – 2009): What's It Like Inside?
- Boot space is 395–1450 litres
There are the usual folding seatback trays with cupholders. Centre console and door cupholders. Even a bottle holder. You don't get cubbyholes in the floor as on a Scenic, but there are a total of up to 43 places to put things, including a flat storage area capable of accommodating most baby buggies between the rear luggage platform and the spacesaver spare.
Having driven to the launch in a C-Max it was immediately apparent that the designers have missed a trick. The front seats have side bolsters, so you can't simply walk into the car as you can into a C-Max. Once there, though there's a massive range of adjustment for the seats and steering wheel and the seats are very comfortable.
As with the Touran, the ‘A' pillar quarterlights are too small to be of much use, so shorter drivers may find their vision impeded by quite a big blindspot. It didn't bother me, but it may bother some people.
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What's the Volkswagen Golf Plus (2005 – 2009) like to drive?
Out on the road, the standard car with sensible 65 section tyres rides well with no jarring and handles tidily. It doesn't suffer the ‘roll understeer' of some MPVs so can be hustled along in pretty much the same manner as a hatchback.
We tried the 1.6FSI and the 1.9 TDI 105, both of which performed unremarkably except for a mild tendency for the 105 to come on turbo at about 2,500rpm. Drivers do suffer a slight performance and economy deficit as all figures are slightly down on the lighter Golf.
A month later, I tried the 2.0 TDI 140 DSG and this is definitely the spec to have. You can drive it manually or in full auto mode (and if you forget, it reverts to full auto mode by itself). As with the Touran, the DSG box not only masks the engine's aggressive torque delivery, it also makes best use of it and the car is a real pleasure to drive with bags of front end grip.
So you pay a mere £500 more for a Golf Plus over and above the price of a Golf, and continue to pay a bit more for fuel, which would be stupid if you're the only one in the car most of the time.
But it's not a rep's car, or a business car. It's a family car for one-car families or a school run and shopping car for two-car families. A Germanic Scenic with the status of that all-important Golf badge. And the 2.0 TDI DSG is bags of fun to drive.
|1.2 TSI 85||49 mpg||13.4 s||136 g/km|
|1.4||40–43 mpg||14.9–15.2 s||154–169 g/km|
|1.4 TSI||42–44 mpg||8.5–10.2 s||153–159 g/km|
|1.4 TSI DSG||45 mpg||10.2 s||147 g/km|
|1.6 FSI||40 mpg||11.8 s||169 g/km|
|1.6 TDI||59–60 mpg||12.1–13.5 s||125–126 g/km|
|1.6 TDI 105||59 mpg||12.1 s||126 g/km|
|1.6 TDI BlueMotion Technology||66 mpg||12.1 s||114 g/km|
|1.6 TDI DSG||58 mpg||12.0 s||129 g/km|
|1.6 TDI DSG BlueMotion Technology||64 mpg||12.1 s||115 g/km|
|1.9 TDI||51–52 mpg||12.1–13.5 s||144–146 g/km|
|1.9 TDI BlueMotion||59 mpg||12.1 s||127 g/km|
|2.0 TDI||49–55 mpg||9.7–11.6 s||134–153 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 140||55 mpg||9.8 s||132 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 140 DSG||51 mpg||9.8 s||144 g/km|
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