- High levels of standard safety kit…
- But plenty more remains optional
- Five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating
Safety of all Volkswagen Golf Estate models is bolstered by all models being fitted with seven airbags, including one for the driver’s knees. Additionally, ABS, electronic stability systems, and five three-point seatbelts with Isofix mountings on the outer two rear seats are complemented by an XDS electronic differential for more secure handling.
Further safety features include monitors for lane departure and driver alertness which are carried over from the hatchback.
SE and GT specifications go even further with autonomous emergency braking, which detects the proximity to other road users and brakes for the driver to try and avoid collisions, and adaptive cruise control to monitor the distance to the vehicle in front, keeping a safe distance behind.
Although the Estate version hasn’t specifically been tested by independent safety experts Euro NCAP, the Golf hatchback achieved a five-star rating, so this too should prove to be a safe VW in which to travel.
- Sensibly-shaped boot space with flexible touches
- Spacious, certainly, but not the biggest in class
- Forward-folding passenger seat a fine option
Sensibly, with the Volkswagen Golf Estate, practicality was one of the designers’ watchwords.
Due to the longer body and increased wheelbase length over its predecessor, boot space has jumped by 100 litres to 605 litres with the rear seats up. Fold the 60/40 split bench over to create a near-flat loadbay of 1,620 litres, representing a 125-litre increase.
If outright space is your priority, though, take a closer look at the Peugeot 308 SW and Skoda Octavia Estate, with 660- and 610-litre capacities, respectively.
Adding to its functionality is a boot floor that can accept rectangular loads of 1,831mm long and 1,003mm wide. Opt for the forward-tipping front passenger seat and overall load length for narrower items increases to 2,671mm.
All that space is of little use if it’s difficult to access but this isn’t a problem the Golf Estate suffers from, with a wide 1,031mm tailgate opening that can swallow 675mm-tall items.
Neither will you need biceps like Desperate Dan to lift goods up to the loading lip, thanks to it being a conveniently low 635mm from the ground.
Neat touches abound with a retractable luggage cover which can be stowed under the boot floor when not required. The floor itself can be concertinaed up to create partitions in the luggage bay too. If you run out of space inside the Golf Estate, all models are fitted with roof rails, which are finished in silver on the GT, GTD and R versions.