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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Volkswagen Golf Estate (99-05) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

Quality, unrivalled interior, comfort, safety

CONS

Passenger space, Passat is a better estate for similar money

PROS

Quality, unrivalled interior, comfort, safety

CONS

Passenger space, Passat is a better estate for similar money

Volkswagen Golf Estate rivals

Buyers love the Golf hatchback, but the estate didn't take off in the same way. In fact, it's quite rare. It's as luxurious, as well built and as refined as the hatch, but it seems new buyers preferred an Astra or Focus for increased load area. As a result, it's a bit cheaper to pick up than the hatchback, but still pricier than most small estates. Fuel economy is reasonable on petrol-engined cars, but the diesel cars are excellent, especially the latest generation 'PD' high pressure injection engines - these give enjoyable brisk performance combined with 50+ mpg.

Volkswagen Golf Estate rivals

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