VW Golf Plus unveiled at Bologna motor show

Published: 03 December 2008

Volkswagen used today’s Bologna motor show to unveil its Mk2 Golf Plus, the third Golf model (after the three- and five-door hatchbacks) to get Wolfsburg’s latest looks.

Only the nose on the new VW Golf Plus looks new! What’s changed?

That new nose is indeed the obvious change. The headlamps, now with daytime running lights, receive a little nip on the inner edges and the two-bar grille is now in high-gloss black.

The bodywork tweaks also see the rubbing strips disappear from the revised front bumper, while the rear is tidied up by new bodywork and LED rear lights.

And if you’re not already asleep, then VW’s talk of ‘newly designed integrated roof rails’ will surely send you into the land of nod. Gripping stuff.

If VW is claiming this is a second-generation Golf Plus where has the money been spent?

Upping the interior quality. Unfortunately, that means the blue backlit dials are dropped for more sterile white instruments, but there is the latest choice of steering wheels, air-con and multimedia systems from the Passat CC. The CC also donates its Park Assist tech which, you’ve guessed it, parks itself.

And the engines in the new VW Golf Plus?

Petrol and diesel, of course, linked to either five- or six-speed manual, or six- and seven-speed twin-clutch DSG gearboxes. The full line-up has yet to be confirmed but there’ll be a 120bhp 1.4 TSI petrol and a 2.0-litre TDI with 89 to 138bhp. More soon.

By Ben Pulman

CAR's editor-at-large, co-ordinator, tallboy