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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Although the Golf Estate hasn't been officially crash tested, the hatchback version was awarded the maximum five stars by Euro NCAP under the new tougher test regime. Introduced in 2009 this is one overall rating which covers not only adult occupant safety but includes child and pedestrian safety along with a rear impact whiplash test. Safety equipment includes ESP stability control, driver and front passenger whiplash-optimised head restraints and six airbags including a deactivation switch for the front passenger airbag.

There are also Isofix child seat mounting points in the back. Overall Volkswagen Golf safety levels are impressive.

Despite being just 4.5 metres long, the Golf Estate has an impressively large boot with 505 litres of space behind the rear seats - only slightly less than the Passat Estate and more than similarly-sized alternatives like the Ford Focus and Renault Megane Sport Tourer. The rear seats split 60/40 and neatly fold down flat to create a level load floor for larger objects.

However, maximum luggage room is 1,495 litres - which is smaller than both the Megane and Focus. There's plenty of stowage for odds and ends in the front including room for a 1.0-litre bottle in the door pockets, a large glovebox (which is also cooled) and a twin cupholder in front of the handbrake.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Golf Estate (09-13).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • 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
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Steel wheels
S optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
SE optional equipment
None available

Sportline equipment

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