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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 38 - 61 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

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.

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.

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.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £125 - £265
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Insurance group 11 - 19
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