Skip advert
Advertisement

Volkswagen Golf Estate - Practicality & boot space (2013-2020)

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

Carbuyer Rating

4.3 out of 5

Owners Rating
Be the first to review
Practicality & boot space Rating

4.5 out of 5

With a boot that’s 225 litres bigger than the Golf hatchback’s, the Golf Estate already proves its worth before you consider its van-rivalling luggage capacity with the seats down. Volkswagen has gone all-out by adding plenty of useful features that make the Golf Estate a very practical proposition indeed.

Volkswagen Golf Estate interior space & storage

There’s room in the back for three adults, although the passenger sitting in the middle may find the large transmission tunnel eats into the space for their feet.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Storage for odds and ends is plentiful in the VW, with a large cooled glovebox, a cubby under the centre armrest between the driver and front-seat passenger and another one for sunglasses in the roof console. There are also two cup-holders up front, while all but the S model benefit from handy drawers under the driver and front passenger’s seats.

On top of this, there are large pockets in all the doors, lined with felt to stop their contents from rattling around. And the pockets at the front have massive drinks holders that can take even big two-litre water bottles.

Boot space

The standard Golf hatchback is already a very practical car, but its 380-litre boot is neither as big nor as versatile as the one found in the estate. With the rear seats in place, the Golf Estate offers 605 litres of boot space, but the load bays in the Skoda Octavia (610 litres) and Peugeot 308 SW (660 litres) are bigger still. Despite being a performance model, the R estate doesn't sacrifice any boot space.

Nonetheless, the Golf’s boot opening is very wide, so there’s lots of scope for loading bulky items. Drop the rear seats down – easily done by simply tugging the handles in the boot – and you get a maximum capacity of 1,620 litres. It’s also a very usable space with very little wheelarch intrusion and – although the seats don’t fold entirely flat – there’s an adjustable boot floor so you can lose the load lip altogether. This makes it easy to slide those bulky purchases from IKEA in, or make life that little bit easier for your faithful dog when it’s jumping in the back.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 TSI Life 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £27,240

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.0 TSI Life 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £27,240

Fastest

  • Name
    1.0 TSI Life 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £27,240

Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Top 10 best estate cars 2024
Best estate cars 2024
Best cars
8 Feb 2024

Top 10 best estate cars 2024

Top 10 best used estate cars
The best used estate cars 2023
Best cars
4 Aug 2023

Top 10 best used estate cars

Volkswagen Golf Estate review
Volkswagen Golf Alltrack estate front 3/4 driving
In-depth reviews
20 Apr 2023

Volkswagen Golf Estate review

Have You Considered

Skoda Superb Estate review – a near-faultless, practical family car
Skoda Superb Estate Carbuyer drive
In-depth reviews
15 Mar 2024

Skoda Superb Estate review – a near-faultless, practical family car

Peugeot E-308 SW review - upmarket electric estate
Peugeot E-308 SW dynamic
In-depth reviews
29 Jan 2024

Peugeot E-308 SW review - upmarket electric estate

Most Popular

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers
Carbuyer best new car deals hero
Deals
12 Apr 2024

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
26 Mar 2024

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Ford EcoBoost engines: what are they and should you buy one?
Ford Puma SUV front tracking
Tips and advice
26 Mar 2024

Ford EcoBoost engines: what are they and should you buy one?

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
26 Mar 2024

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Public EV charge point
Tips and advice
11 Jan 2023

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
21 Mar 2024

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors

Top 10 best electric cars 2024
best electric cars
Best cars
28 Mar 2024

Top 10 best electric cars 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024
The best cheap-to-run cars 2023
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024
Fastest hot hatchbacks hero
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024