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Estate version of the best hatch isn’t the roomiest but it’s highly desirable

PROS

  • Commodious luggage space
  • Generous equipment levels
  • Golf R performance
  • Economical engines

CONS

  • More expensive than rivals
  • Options on the dear side
  • Still no GTI Estate

Verdict

Under the new Volkswagen Golf Estate’s bonnet resides a wide range of turbocharged engines in both TSI petrol and TDI diesel forms.

There are no great surprises with the Volkswagen Golf Estate, which is partly why it’s one of our favourite load-luggers in the lower-medium family car segment.

Essentially, it’s a seventh-generation VW Golf with a bigger boot, so it’s a better bet for families who require more carrying capacity and practicality than the regular medium-sized family hatchback can offer them.

The finished result is one which shares a close family resemblance to the hatch, enjoying its high-quality, premium feel but with a less awkward rear end design than its predecessors.

It’s a market segment with many players, so the Golf Estate finds itself up against mainstream alternatives such as the Ford Focus Estate, Renault Megane Sport Tourer, Peugeot 308 SW and Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer, as well as in-house rivals in the shapes of the SEAT Leon ST and Skoda Octavia Estate.

Increased carrying capacity

At 4,562mm, the Volkswagen Golf Estate is 307mm longer than its hatchback sibling, which is the primary reason that its boot space increases by 100 litres with the rear seats up.

With a wide tailgate opening, an uncluttered loadbay and a forward-folding front passenger seat to accommodate long loads, the Golf Estate is an easy and practical car to live with, but it’s not the most spacious in the segment.

Instead you’re paying extra for the appointments rather than the accommodation, with the Golf Estate being generously equipped in SE and GT guises, although buyers who opt for the cheaper S grade will forego many of the niceties and active safety features.

Cost-effective to run

Under the new Volkswagen Golf Estate’s bonnet resides a wide range of turbocharged engines in both TSI petrol and TDI diesel forms.

Bookending the line-up are the 1.6-litre TDI with CO2 emissions as low as 103g/km for impressive degrees of fuel miserliness, and the high-performance Golf Estate R, capable of reaching 155mph and dashing from 0-62mph in just 4.8 seconds.

Unlike its hatchback equivalent, there are no GTE plug-in hybrid or all-electric e-Golf Estate versions available for even more environmentally friendly motoring.

High levels of equipment

Whichever variant of the Golf Estate you opt for, you will find an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen in the centre console, with incorporated sat-nav on higher-specification models.

Also standard across the range are roof rails, DAB radio, auxiliary connections including USB, Bluetooth connectivity, a trip computer and an electronic parking brake.

Unsurprisingly, the latest Volkswagen Golf Estate is fitted with the same active safety equipment that the hatchback range enjoys. This means whichever trim level you choose it will be fitted with an automatic post-crash braking system which ensures the car is brought to a halt if it didn’t stop after the initial incident.

Spend extra on a SE or GT grade Golf Estate and additional features Volkswagen calls Front Assist and City Emergency Braking are also included in the package, both of which will automatically slow the car if it detects something in its path. These versions also benefit from adaptive cruise control.

Facelift for 2017

Available from spring 2017, the Golf Estate received a mild visual facelift, restricted to new lights – with more LEDs – and bumpers.

More important were the under-the skin modifications, including a revised engine line-up, with a new pair of 1.5-litre TSI Evo engines in 130hp and 150hp outputs available later in 2017. The 110hp 1.6-litre diesel also incrementally increases in power to 115hp.

The Parkers Verdict

The Golf estate builds on the hatchbacks virtues with its wide range of engines, trim levels and premium feel cabin. There may be more entertaining alternatives to drive but the Golf remains a benchmark that’s difficult to overlook.

Read the full Volkswagen Golf Estate review to see why we rate this premium-feeling wagon so highly.

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