Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

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

Petrol engines 7.3 - 12.8 mpp
Diesel engines 10.0 - 14.2 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 34.0 - 60.1 mpg
Diesel engines 49.6 - 70.6 mpg
  • Efficient petrol and diesel-engined choices
  • Powerful Golf R will cost the most to run
  • No plug-in hybrid or electric versions for estate

Although many buyers will choose it because they see it as a premium car in part due to its cost new, Volkswagen Golf Estate running costs are surprisingly low, thanks to an efficient range of petrol and diesel engines.

Most efficient of the range are those models fitted with the 1.6-litre TDI 110hp fitted with the DSG automatic gearbox. Volkswagen claims an average of 70.6mpg, with emissions quoted at 103g/km of CO2.

If you don’t cover the kind of annual mileage that makes diesels cost-effective, then the 1.0-litre TSI 110hp petrol is the least expensive to run. Opt for the seven-speed DSG transmission for an official average figure of 58.9mpg, with CO2 emissions pegged at 110g/km.

The range’s worst offender? Unsurprisingly it’s the 310hp Golf Estate R – you’re unlikely to come anywhere close in the real world to its official claim of 39.2mpg, although CO2 emissions are surprisingly low for such a quick car at 164g/km.

Unlike with the hatchback alternative, there are no plug-in hybrid or pure electric models in the Golf Estate range.

For the majority of the Golf Estate range, other running costs are fairly modest, although the sportier GTD and R models will get through their tyres and brakes at a more frequent rate on examples that have been driven with vigour.

Unlike the hatchbacks, there’s not a single version of the Volkswagen Golf Estate with CO2 emissions below the 100g/km benchmark.

Performing best is the 1.6-litre TDI 110hp fitted with a DSG automatic versions, with CO2 output of 103g/km.

Unsurprisingly, the quickest Golf Estate is also the model with the highest CO2 emissions, although the R’s figure of 164g/km is acceptable given its potency.

  • Proven mechanical packages
  • Only one recall so far
  • Satisfied owners in the main

Previous-generation models have garnered a reputation for durability so there are few doubts over how this iteration of Volkswagen Golf Estate’s reliability will perform.

Save for a steering fault that vehicle inspectorate VOSA actioned a recall against, no significant problems have been reported in terms of the hatchback.

Engines and gearboxes already see service in a variety of other Volkswagen Group models with little in the way of reported maladies.

All around the interior the plastics feel built to last, with buttons and controls working with satisfying robustness, rather than feeling as though they might come off in your hands.

Parkers’ Owners’ Reviews section suggests customers of this-generation Golf Estate are positive about their VW experiences.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £205
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Insurance group 7 - 39
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