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 44 - 67 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.

Most engines in the line-up are economical, especially the diesels, so running costs should be affordable. The BlueMotion Technology is the pick of the bunch with low emissions making it cheap to tax, while average fuel economy is 67mpg. Volkswagen servicing rates tend to be a little higher than equivalents like Honda or Ford, but the quality should be good.

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 Golf Estate running costs will be helped by the fixed-price servicing plans on offer which can cover (for example) three years or 30,000 miles of servicing for a one-off cost.

All the engines in the Golf Estate line-up are relatively efficient and even the two TSI petrols have impressively low CO2 and strong fuel economy considering the performance they offer. The greenest version is the BlueMotion Technology model that uses the 1.6 TDI engine. It emits 109g/km of CO2 and averages 67mpg.

Volkswagen Golf Estate reliability is unlikely to be in question. Strong build quality and reliability are Volkswagen cornerstones and this Golf feels every inch a typical Volkswagen. It's essentially a facelifted version of the previous model which proved extremely durable and well-built.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £20 - £165
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Insurance group 11 - 21
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