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.
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.