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PROS

  • Larger, more commodious luggage space
  • Generous levels of equipment
  • Advanced safety features available
  • Fuel efficient engine range

CONS

  • Entry-level S misses out on kit
  • No GTD or GTI versions planned
  • More expensive than key rivals
  • Options on the pricy side

Verdict

Following hot on the heels of the 2013 Golf hatchback is the all-new Volkswagen Golf Estate.

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.

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

Increased carrying capacity

At 4,562mm, the new Volkswagen Golf Estate is 307mm longer than its hatchback sibling, it’s also 28mm longer than the car it replaces.

That means more space for passengers, while it increases the Golf Estate’s boot space by an impressive 100 litres with the rear seats up.

With a wide tailgate opening, an uncluttered load bay and a forward folding front passenger seat to accommodate long loads due as an option later in 2013, the new Golf Estate is an easy and practical car to live with.

More equipment for your money

As with the hatchback version, the new Volkswagen Golf Estate is 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.

Whichever variant of the Golf Estate you opt for, you will find a colour touchscreen in the centre console, 5.8-inches on S versions and eight-inches with incorporated sat nav on higher specification models.

Also standard across the range are roof rails, DAB digital radio, auxiliary connections including USB, Bluetooth telephone and audio streaming preparation, trip computer and an electronic parking brake.

Latest safety systems

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 an 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 radar-guided cruise control to automatically adjust your speed in relation to vehicles in front if it drops below your predetermined cruising limit.

Cheaper to run

Under the new Volkswagen Golf Estate’s bonnet resides a choice of eight turbocharged engines: five TSI petrol units and four TDI diesels; an ultra-economical ‘full’ BlueMotion TDI version went on sale in late 2013, with impressive claims of 85.6mpg and 87g/km CO2, complemented by a petrol TSI BlueMotion in 2015.

Read on for the full Parkers Volkswagen Golf Estate review.

What owners say about this car

Excellent practicality. Especially as this is first estate car. So many storage areas. Like the... Read owner review

Probably a small overlooked feature, but the handles in the boot to fold the spring-loaded rear... Read owner review

Boot is excellent and is easy to put seats down it necessary. Read owner review

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