VW Golf Plus 1.4 TSI
Added: 12th of October 2013
I've had the VW for just over four years now. I use it mostly just for running around locally, around 120 miles per week, with only a handful of long runs each year. The vehicle is comfortable and internally spacious, taking into account its fairly limited external dimensions. The luggage compartment is not massive but the rear seats are adjustable to provide a little extra load space where necessary and, in those cases where I've needed much more, folding down the rear seats provides a useful cargo space. There are also plenty of useful storage spaces dotted around the car. I've had no significant mechanical problems with the vehicle. Two minor defects: an intermittent rear-light unit and a faulty warning light sensor, were both sorted out under the 3-year warranty, with no fuss. The car has features which I find really useful such as the cruise control and the self-parking. The in-car entertainment is of decent quality, with the optionally-upgraded system providing DAB radio, a 6-CD player and the ability to play music stored on SD cards. The air-conditioning unit is not over-powerful but just about adequate on the hottest days we get in this part of the World. My one real area of discontent is fuel consumption. I tend to buy my cars new and keep them for a long time. My previous car was a 12-year-old 2-litre Renault which I replaced under the scrappage scheme. One of the aims of that scheme was to get old, fuel-guzzling cars off the road. Annoyingly, I find that the fuel consumption with my 1.4-litre VW is noticeably worse than that of the 2-litre Renault.