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VW sizes up new Golf

Date: 09 April 2009

Volkswagen has put the larger version of its lower medium hatch, the Golf Plus, on sale.

The new jumbo-sized hatchback will reach its first owners at the end of April, and is priced from £14,410.

It is groundbreaking for VW in that it is the first car in the brand's range that offers the auto parking system Park Assist as standard in the higher SE trim level.

As well as SE, the Golf Plus also comes in entry-level S trim, offering aircon, electric windows and mirrors and a CD player. The SE trim also brings cruise control, leather trim and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Four engines (two petrol and two diesel) combine with four gearbox options (a five- and six-speed manual and a six- and seven-speed DSG auto). All combinations make it under the 160g/km emissions barrier.

The price range extends up to £21,185, which brings the 140PS 2.0-litre diesel engine with a six-speed DSG auto box.

Further additions to the Golf range are due later this year. The hot versions, the GTI and GTD, are due at the end of May, the low CO2 Bluemotion will arrive September time and the Estate will complete the range in December or at the start of 2010.