With the release of a new Volkswagen Golf, a new version of the Golf Plus was a given. The first edition of the tall, wagonesque Golf Plus debuted in 2004 and was based on the previous-generation MK V Golf. This latest version continues in the same mold as the last and sees its chassis architecture upgraded with the latest - you guessed it - MK VI Golf underpinnings. This is a seriously practical machine that doesn't lose a ton of style over its vertically-challenged sibling, and it fits in perfectly with the popular small MPV class in Europe.
UK buyers should get their first crack at the new Golf Plus next Spring when it's scheduled to hit dealer lots. Expect an engine range of four-cylinders running on petrol or diesel, some with direct injection and some with forced induction. These powerplants will be mated with six and seven-speed manuals and dual-clutch gearboxes. Expect excellent fuel mileage and very low carbon emissions, especially for a vehicle with this much practicality. Cool new features like VW's ParkAssist, which can grab the wheel and help you reverse parallel park, will also be available for the first time.