Volkswagen Golf Plus hatchback: 'easy to get comfortable'
What the motoring press is saying about the Volkswagen Golf Plus hatchback
Price: £18,060 - £24,700
Pros: Sliding rear seats, high driving position, ease of access to the rear
Cons: Forgettable styling, additional cost over hatchback, poor resale values
4.2/5, Carbuyer: "The Volkswagen Golf Plus is a case of VW wanting to have its cake and eat it too. The Golf is a class-leading small family hatchback, but what if it could also snag family buyers looking for something a little bigger? Thus, the Golf Plus is a taller and therefore more spacious and more practical version of the extremely popular five-door Golf (albeit, like the Cabriolets, based on the previous model). That makes the five-seater family hatchback Plus a baby brother to the seven-seat Golf-based Volkswagen Touran. Inside, the rear seats fold and slide, allowing for adjustments in legroom or boot space, whichever is needed, and the driving position is higher, which means better views of the road ahead. Lots of adjustment in the seats generally means it's easy to get comfortable. The Volkswagen Golf Plus comes in two specifications – the entry-level S comes fitted with air-conditioning as standard, while the top-of-the-range SE adds Bluetooth connectivity, alloy wheels and Volkswagen's clever park assist system, which uses cameras and a computer to parallel park the car for you."
4/5, Auto Express: "On the road, rather unsurprisingly, it's very Golf-like to drive. That means a decent ride, uncomplicated handling and decent refinement. Only a bit of additional wind noise at speed lets it down. Outwardly at a glance it's little different in style, but take a closer look and the details begin to reveal themselves."
3/5, Honest John: "The Volkswagen Golf Plus sits a little awkwardly in the range. It's marginally larger than the standard Golf hatchback, yet doesn't quite offer the huge space of the estate. Those who are likely to find it most appealing are small families who are looking for practicality in a compact package."
4/5, What Car: "It's not as versatile or flexible as many compact MPVs. It costs more to buy than the equivalent Golf hatch and doesn't hold its value as well." ·