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2006 (06) Volkswagen Golf Plus1.4 S 5dr

Blackpool Renault / Dacia

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

'Lights On' warning buzzerExterior temperature gauge
PAS - speed relatedRemote fuel flap release
Rev counterService interval indicator
Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened 

Exterior Features

Black door handlesBlack side protection mouldings
Body colour bumpers with black rubbing stripBody colour door mirrors with integral indicators
Body coloured front grilleElectric operated/heated door mirrors
Front and rear electric windowsHeadlight adjustment
Heat insulating tinted glassRear lights with led technology
Rear window wash/wipe with intermittent delayWindscreen wipers/ intermittent wipe + 4 position delay

Interior Features

3 rear headrests4 grab handles
60/40 split rear seatsAir conditioned glovebox
Blue adjustable panel illuminationCup holders
Driver's seat height adjustmentDriver/passenger active head restraints
Dust/pollen filtersFront/rear reading lights
Height/reach adjust steering wheelIlluminated glovebox with lock
Interior light with delayIsofix preparation for 2 rear child seats
Luggage compartment coverLuggage compartment lighting
Media cloth upholsteryRear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
Rear coat hooksSliding/reclining rear seats
Storage compartments in doorsStorage in roof console
Storage tray on dashboardThrough load system
Umbrella holder under rear seatVanity mirrors

Safety

3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners3 rear 3 point seatbelts
ABS with Brake AssistDriver/Front Passenger airbags
EDLESP
Front and rear curtain airbagsFront seat side impact airbags
Passenger airbag deactivation system 

Security

Electronic engine immobiliserRemote central locking with 2 remote folding keys

Wheels

Steel space saver spare wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO0.232CO2 (g/km)178
HC0.056Noise Level dB(A)71
NOx0.042Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 4

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1390Compression Ratio10.5:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)76.5Cylinders - Stroke (mm)75.6
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryMULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears5 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)38.2EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)47.1EC Urban (mpg)28.2

General

Badge Engine CC1.4Badge Power75
Coin SeriesSInsurance Group 14
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0709EInsurance Group 2E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
EURO NCAP Front and Side Impact test - Star Rating.9EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.9
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)16.2Engine Power - BHP75
Engine Power - KW55Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5000Engine Torque - LBS.FT93
Engine Torque - MKG12.86Engine Torque - NM126
Engine Torque - RPM3800Top Speed100

Tyres

Space Saver?TrueTyre Size Front195/65 R15
Tyre Size Rear195/65 R15Tyre Size SpareSPACESAVER
Wheel Type15" STEEL WHEELS 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1580Length4206
Wheelbase2578Width1759
Width (including mirrors)1956 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)55Gross Vehicle Weight1900
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1450Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)395
Max. Loading Weight432Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1000Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked680
Minimum Kerbweight1468No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.8
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Volkswagen Golf

BY ANDY ENRIGHT

Introduction

Amid all the brouhaha and awards bestowed upon the Volkswagen Golf Mk V, the launch of the Golf Plus escaped some people. Those that did pay attention can be excused for being a little confused about this model's raison d'etre. Sitting on the same wheelbase as the Golf and being no longer or wider, the Golf Plus isn't at first an easy car to get to grips with. Family motorists who sample one may well appreciate its charms, however, and used models are, if anything, slightly undervalued. This means that if you want all the practical qualities of the Golf and a little bit more, it needn't cost the earth. Here's what to look for.

History

The Volkswagen Golf Plus landed in UK dealerships in Spring 2005 to almost universal apathy, the standard hatchback model outselling it by a ratio of more than twenty to one. The Plus majored on the utility end of the engine line up, kicking off with the 80PS 1.4-litre petrol unit and a more advanced 115bhp 1.6-litre FSI unit. The diesel options were 90 or 105bhp versions of the 1.9TDI engine or a more modern 140bhp 2.0-litre TDI. Realising that perhaps the range could use the benefit of a little extra pizzazz, Volkswagen subsequently added the 150bhp 2.0-litre FSI engine before replacing that in summer 2006 with the 1.4-litre TSI twincharge engine, fitted with both turbocharger and supercharger. To complicate matters, Volkswagen introduced a second 1.4 TSI engine towards the end of 2007. This 120bhp unit lacked the supercharger of the other 1.4 TSI engine, making do with a turbocharger and it replaced the 1.6 FSI unit. The BlueMotion derivative arrived around the same time with aerodynamic tweaks and other modifications to enhance fuel economy.

What You Get

So let's look a little closer at the thinking behind this car. Statistics show that we're close behind the Dutch as the second tallest nation on earth. We're bigger than all the Scandinavians and the Germans. The Americans are growing out rather than up, but at current estimates, we'd still need at least a century or so before the average British male's head started to brush the plush head lining of the Volkswagen Golf Plus. Even given Volkswagen's build integrity, it's tough to see too many Golf Pluses plying the roads in the early 22nd century. Where is the benefit in having all this extra height? It increases the frontal area of the car and is rarely beneficial when loading. Volkswagen had a ready answer to this, pointing to the fact that overall load space went up to 505 litres, but how often have you loaded your hatch brim full to the ceiling? It's doubtless beneficial for awkwardly sized items like bicycles but the additional carrying capacity of the Golf Plus should be taken with a pinch of salt. Where it does score real practicality benefits is in terms of its seating arrangement. Thankfully, Volkswagen didn't try to squeeze seven seats into this vehicle, positioning it (as its name suggests) between Golf and Touran but a good deal closer to Golf. The rear seats can be shifted fore and aft by 160mm and folded by means of a system whereby they are automatically lowered when folded down. This results in a virtually level load space, making the Golf Plus a very practical option indeed. The seats do the usual 60:40 split and the middle seat can also be folded down to form a drinks table. Additional stowage spaces around the cabin and a double height boot floor are nice touches but once again, the Golf Plus generated more questions than answers. All of these features could easily have been engineered into the standard Golf. In many respects Volkswagen ran into the same sort of customer resistance Ford faced when launching the Fusion, a car that sat on Fiesta underpinnings but was a little taller, uglier, noisier and less adept in its handling. Volkswagen claimed the Golf Plus was likely to attract buyers without families, or possibly with small families, who require more room and flexibility than the traditional hatchback could offer. The sales figures haven't yet borne this assertion out.

What to Look For

Keep a look out for cars that have been flogged by corporate users and ensure that servicing has been attended to diligently. The entry level petrol and diesel engines are best avoided as the Golf Plus is quite a weighty thing and they struggle to move it with any real conviction. Check for kerbed alloy wheels as replacements are expensive. If looking at a car with the DSG transmission, check that the system engages reverse gear silently and smoothly.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2006 Golf Plus 1.4 ex Vat) An exhaust system is about £95. A clutch assembly will be around £75 and an alternator should be close to £115. Brake pads front and rear are about £55 and £45 respectively.

On the Road

One benefit of basing the Golf Plus on the Golf Mk V chassis was that it had an excellent start to life, the electro-mechanical steering feel and composed body control being leagues ahead of most of the opposition. The interior kept the Golf Plus at the top of the family hatch tree. It uses a fascia design reminiscent of the Phaeton luxury saloon although the centre console is lifted from the Touran mini-MPV. With the possible exception of its pricier Volkswagen Group cousin, the Audi A3, the cabin has the beating of any hatchback out there as regards ambience. The interior features soft-feel slush-moulded plastics, high-quality switches, subtle use of chrome, fabric-covered A-pillars plus blue instrument backlighting with red needles, a signature of the fourth generation Golf. The Golf Plus also features 2Zone climate control and four-way lumbar support within the line-up. In addition, ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), no fewer than six airbags as well as anti-lock brakes will be fitted as standard throughout the range. Big car features such as automatic activation of headlamps and wipers are built into the car's electronics. Most buyers went the turbo diesel route, the 2.0-litre TDI being especially impressive. This engine will punt the big-boned Golf Plus to 60mph in just over 9 seconds and on to a top speed of just over 120mph, making it a brilliant long distance cruiser. The 103bhp unit is no slouch though and will get to 60mph in around 11.5 seconds and top out at over 110mph. It has also proved the bigger seller. Fuel economy of both engines is excellent, both units capable of eking over 50mpg from a gallon of heavy oil. The 1.9-litre car was fitted as standard with a five-speed gearbox but the 2.0-litre TDI got six cogs as standard. Both also got the option of the revolutionary DSG twin-clutch sequential gearbox.

Overall

What's been a rare miss for Volkswagen as a new car becomes a smart piece of business as a used buy. If you feel that you could benefit from the added space and utility features the Golf Plus offers, now is a decent time to buy before the rest of the market catches on.

Performance
60%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
Styling
60%
Build
80%
Value
70%
Equipment
80%
Economy
70%
Depreciation
60%
Insurance
70%

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