Review

Volkswagen Golf estate

Price  £18,525 - £33,399

Volkswagen Golf estate

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Very practical
  • Comfortable ride
  • Economical engines
Cons
  • Not as big as Skoda Octavia
  • Quite expensive
  • Not the most fun to drive

At a glance

The greenest
BlueMotion 1.6 TDI 105PS 5Spd Man 5dr £22,365
The cheapest
S 1.2 TSI 85PS 5Spd Man 5dr £18,525
The fastest
R 2.0 TSI 300 PS 6Spd Man 4WD 5dr £33,399
Top of the range
R 2.0 TSI 300 PS 6Spd Man 4WD 5dr £33,399

“Practical, comfortable and economical, the Volkswagen Golf estate is an impressive all-round package.”

The new Volkswagen Golf Estate is based on the seventh generation of the standard hatchback version. It looks almost exactly the same as the hatch until you get to the rear wheels, but it's 307mm longer to give it a much bigger boot. This is handy if you’re a dog owner, need more space for the family's kit, or have a job that requires lugging around lots of equipment.

You don’t have to look too hard to find rivals for the Golf Estate – and some of them are closer than you might think. The enemy within comes in the form of the Skoda Octavia Estate (winner of the 2014 Carbuyer Best Estate Car award) and the SEAT Leon ST estate – both of which are built by companies owned by the Volkswagen Group and are based on the same parts as the Golf.

Outside the VW umbrella, the Golf also competes with models such as the Honda Civic Tourer, Ford Focus Estate, Peugeot 308 SW and Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer.

The Golf Estate is more than capable of taking on the best the competition can throw at it. Counting in its favour is a classless image and longstanding reputation for rock-solid build quality.

That quality is obvious from the outside, but it really makes its presence felt on the inside. Here, you’ll find one of the nicest interiors in the class – one that's a match for those in more expensive models thanks to high-quality plastics, a logical layout and plenty of well thought-out design touches.

Something that hasn’t always been a strong point for the Golf is handling. VW used to favour building cars that were safe and secure rather than smile-inducing in corners, but that changed with the launch of this latest Golf. It comes close to matching the fun handling of the Ford Focus, which has traditionally been the class leader in this respect.

Volkswagen has kitted the Golf Estate out with a superb range of petrol and diesel engines, but our pick of the range is the 1.6-litre diesel, which offers superb fuel economy and reasonable performance. There are plenty of faster models to choose from, but more on those later...

You can get the Golf Estate in three specifications – entry-level S, mid-range Match, and top-of-the-range GT. All come with a 5.8-inch touchscreen display, air-conditioning, cruise control, DAB digital radio and a multitude of safety features

MPG, running costs & CO2

4.5 / 5

No model in the Volkswagen Golf Estate range costs the world to run and VW offers an affordable maintenance package

Engines, drive & performance

4 / 5

Better to drive than the old model, the Volkswagen Golf Estate comes with a good choice of engines

Interior & comfort

4 / 5

Optional Dynamic Chassis Control system boosts comfort on all road surfaces, but even basic Volkswagen Golf Estate models are comfortable

Practicality & boot space

4.5 / 5

The Volkswagen Golf Estate has a bigger and better shaped boot than the hatchback, but some rivals offer even more space

Reliability & safety

4 / 5

A strong showing in our Driver Power survey shows most owners are happy they chose a Volkswagen Golf Estate

What the others say

4.7 / 5
based on 3 reviews
4 / 5
"The Golf Estate extends the already impressive Mk7 line-up, and for a £765 premium over the hatch it offers plenty of extra space in the boot and for rear seat passengers."
5 / 5
"There’re no great surprises here – it's a seventh-generation Golf with a bigger boot, so it's a better bet for families who require more load lugging ability and practicality than the regular medium-sized family hatchback can offer them."
5 / 5
"It may not be a revolution in car design but then Volkswagen hasn't tried to reinvent the wheel with the new Golf. Instead they've taken the qualities of the outgoing model and added to them with improvements in every area."
What owners say 
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4.3 /5 based on 24 reviews
75%
 people would recommend this car to a friend

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Last updated 
20 Jan 2015

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