First ever Volkswagen Golf GTD Estate revealed

Volkswagen will unveil the new GTD Estate at the Geneva Motor Show in March, with first deliveries of the car in June

There has never been an estate version of the Golf GTD – until now. Set to be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the VW Golf GTD Estate will offer the same sporty drive and great fuel economy of the hatchback, while adding the practicality of an estate.

We really like the Golf GTD hatch, as it's nearly as much fun to drive as the GTI petrol version, with substantially better fuel economy. The GTD Estate looks set to continue this, offering 64.2mpg and a powerful 2.0-litre engine that takes it from 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds.

To emphasise the sporty nature of the GTD, VW has added a few neat exterior flourishes, such as special GTD bumpers and a honeycomb radiator grille. The GTD also gets 17-inch alloy wheels (18-inch alloys are available at extra cost), black roof rails and dual chrome exhaust pipes.

Coming as standard on the Golf GTD are bright bi-xenon headlights, sports suspension and progressive steering. Optional extras include a Sports & Design package, which includes the 18-inch alloys as well as driving mode selection and tinted windows.

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So how practical is it? The GTD hatchback already offers a useful-sized boot – larger than the equivalent Ford Focus ST and Renault Megane RS – but if the regular Volkswagen Golf Estate is anything to go by, this will extend from 380 to 605 litres, putting it behind class leaders such as the Honda Civic Tourer.

We expect the Golf GTD Estate will be very easy to live with on a daily basis. The regular Golf estate is a masterclass in offering a comfortable ride without compromising the driving experience, while the Golf GTD hatch should offer a pleasant ride on all but the roughest surfaces. Three adults should be able to fit comfortably in the back, too.

Volkswagen Golf GTD Estate prices have yet to be revealed, although it's a safe bet to say it'll start from around £27,000, about £1,000 more than the GTD hatch. It goes on sale in the UK in April, with the first deliveries in June.

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