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Sharper looks and lower emissions from new Golf wagon

  • New-look Golf estate
  • New engines and lower CO2
  • In showrooms from November

A new-look Volkswagen Golf estate arrives in showrooms next month with lower CO2, sharper styling and the promise of reduced company car tax bills.

The estate has been restyled to give it the sixth-generation Golf look undergoing similar revisions and improvements to the hatchback version.

A new 1.6-litre diesel offers far more competitive CO2 emissions compared with the outgoing model, which means drivers of the current Golf estate switching to the new model could make tax savings of more than £1000 over three years.

The standard 1.6 TDI produces 119g/km of CO2, meaning it will be taxed at 13 per cent of its P11D value instead of the outgoing model's 18 per cent.

There is also a new Bluemotion Technology version of the Golf estate with CO2 at 109g/km, although this will actually incur higher tax than the standard 1.6 TDI because of its higher P11D price.

However, this version will be more beneficial to employers providing company cars who gain significant tax rebates for cars with CO2 emissions up to 110g/km.

Other engines include an entry-level 1.2 TSI petrol with 105bhp, due to arrive in the UK in 2010, along with a 90bhp version of the 1.6 TDI to join the 105bhp version.

The 122bhp 1.4 TSI and 140bhp 2.0 TDI from the Golf hatchback range are also available in the estate.

Prices start at £16,380 on the road for the 1.2 TSI S rising to £21, 075 for the manual 2.0 TDI Sportline.