New VW Golf Plus and Kia Sorento arriveUpdate for VW's Best Buy MPV and Kia's budget 4x4
03 April 2009
VW's new Golf Plus to start from £14,410, while Kia Sorento undercuts other seven-seat 4x4s.
Volkswagen Golf Plus
VW’s pumped up Golf Plus arrives later this month. Based on the launched earlier this year, the Plus is a taller version with increased space and luggage flexibility. The previous version was one of our .
It’s well equipped, with even the base S version getting air-con, electric windows and mirrors. The Golf Plus SE is the first Volkswagen to include Park Assist as standard. The driver simply operates the accelerator and brake and the car steers itself automatically into a kerbside parking space. Watch Park Assist in action in our .
Prices start at £14,410 for the 1.4S with the cheapest SE, the more powerful 1.4 TSI petrol, costing £17,860. That’s just £245 more than the regular Golf five door and something of a bargain for the extra space you get.
If a larger compact MPV such as a Renault Scenic or Citroën C4 Picasso isn’t needed, the Golf Plus makes sense.
Kia has announced an all-new version of its Sorento . As before, this Land Rover Discovery-sized vehicle sells for less than Freelander money, and now it is both more stylish and much greener.
Instead of a 2.5-litre turbo diesel, there is a cleaner four-cylinder 2.2 diesel as well as a 2.4 petrol engine.
Importantly the Sorento offers seven seats, which will make it the cheapest full-sized multi-seating 4x4 that you can buy. Kia claims the increased space and improvement in perceived interior quality will enable it to boost its market share.
We'll be testing both new cars soon, but for the detailed prices and specifications announced so far, visit the .
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