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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0


3.5 out of 5 3.5

Entry level S models have semi-automatic air conditioning, front and rear electric windows, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, a CD stereo with four speakers and black roof rails. SE models add cruise control, automatic headlights, rain sensitive wipers, an automatic dimming rearview mirror, driver and passenger under-seat storage bins, an eight speaker stereo, multifunction computer and 16-inch alloy wheels.

The Sportline has a multi-function steering wheel, sports seats, sports suspension and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Golf Estate (07-09).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

BlueMotion equipment

BlueMotion standard equipment
  • Steel wheels
BlueMotion optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Steel wheels
S optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support
SE optional equipment
None available

Sportline equipment

Sportline standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Sports seats
Sportline optional equipment
None available


4.5 out of 5 4.5

The Golf hatchback was the first Volkswagen to achieve a maximum five-star Euro NCAP crash test result and the Estate would perform just as well. In addition, every car has twin front airbags, driver and front passenger side airbags, a head airbag system for front and rear passengers, anti-whiplash protection, five three-point seatbelts and Isofix childseat anchor points.

All cars have an alarm, immobiliser and a stereo that's unique to the car, as well as a key that's difficult to copy.

Interior & boot space

4.5 out of 5 4.5

No immediate alternative betters the Golf Estate in terms of boot space - it's even bigger than the Ford Focus Estate. Lift the rear hatch and you'll find a cavernous boot, while with the back seats folded (they split 60/40) to increase the load space to a shade under 1,500 litres. By comparison, the Golf Plus has 100 litres less maximum load space.

The Estate has further practical touches in the form of a bag hook in the luggage area, storage sections under the boot floor and in the side of the boot and roof rails. SE versions also have a load-through hatch in the centre arm rest for longer items such as skis.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Volkswagen Golf Estate (07-09) compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Peugeot 308 SW (08-14) 573 litres
Volkswagen Golf Estate (07-09) 505 litres
Renault Megane Sport Tourer (09-16) 486 litres
Ford Focus Estate (05-11) 482 litres

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