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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Running costs

3 out of 5 3.0

The Golf Estate is fitted with Volkswagen's more frugal engine options and the diesels can average up to 61mpg (in the Bluemotion model) while even the 2.0 TDI returns 51mpg. Servicing intervals are variable, depending upon usage, but the on-board indicator will signal when a service is required anywhere up to two years or 20,000 miles. Volkswagen servicing rates tend to be quite high, although dealers occasionally run initiatives to lower servicing rates.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,531 - £1,531 *
Diesel 131p £976 - £1,295 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period Variable according to on board computer.
Warranty Three years/60,000 miles.
Road tax (12 months) £125 - £260
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 11 - 19
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5 3.5

The limited engine line-up, dominated by diesels, helps the estate to look more environmentally considerate. The 1.9 TDI is the greenest version and the Bluemotion version emits 122g/km of CO2 and returning 61mpg. The 1.6 petrol engine is the poorest performer, but it's still not bad, and by comparison produces 176g/km of CO2 and does 38mpg.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.9 TDI Diesel 122 g/km (Min) £125
1.6 FI Petrol,
1.6 FSI Petrol
176 g/km (Max) £260


4 out of 5 4.0

Like any modern Volkswagen, the Golf Estate is unlikely to cause major problems, but there may be the odd niggle. Given the expectation of the Volkswagen badge, one would be well within their rights to kick up a fuss over any issues not quickly resolved by the dealer.

Car checklist problem points

Body No problems reported.
Engine / gearbox No problems reported.
Other A recall in 2008 for a potential problem with the heater which could lead to a fire. This affected diesel models.

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