What is it?
These days, many estate cars are little more than fashion accessories, sacrificing practicality at the altar of style. Volkswagen’s new Golf Estate bucks this trend.
What's it like?
It will never be described as a stunner, because the completely redesigned rump doesn’t really fit with its heavily chromed Jetta nose. Each is fine in isolation, but there’s a sense of cut ’n’ shut as you walk the length of the car.
Fortunately the Golf compensates by offering 505 litres of space behind the rear seats (a 155-litre increase over the hatch) and 1550 litres if you fold the pews flat. That’s big, if not top of the class. The main luggage area can also be divided into two sections using the folding load floor: handy when transporting fragile items.
Further forward, the interior is much like any other Golf’s, with clear controls and a solid build. Volkswagen has managed to retain the fine body control and enjoyable drive of the hatch too, so you soon forget that you’re driving a wagon.
Three engines will be offered when the Estate goes on sale this August: a 101bhp 1.6-litre petrol, a 138bhp 2.0-litre diesel and Volkswagen’s predicted best-seller, the 1.9 TDI. This ageing 104bhp unit averages 54.3mpg and provides decent low- and mid-range muscle, but it sounds coarse.