Volkswagen Golf Estate revealed
Like the Golf MK7 hatchback, the estate version is built on the Volkswagen Group's MQB platform. The new Golf Estate is up to 105kg lighter than the car it replaces.
It's 30cm longer than the hatchback, which helps to create a 605-litre boot – up 100 litres on the previous-generation car – that's more than a metre deep with the rear seats in place. With the rear seats folded, boot capacity grows to 1620 litres and its depth is extended to 1.8 metres.
The front and rear lights are very similar to the hatchback's, and from the front both cars are virtually identical. The crease in the hatchback's doors has been carried over to the Estate and continued to the rear of the car.
Standard equipment includes electric mirrors, height-adjustable driver's seat, air-conditioning, folding rear seats, a touch-screen entertainment system, engine stop-start and battery regeneration. The Golf Estate also gets Volkswagen's PreCrash protection system, which activates the seatbelt pre-tensioners, closes the windows and sunroof and activates the stability control when it detects a collision is imminent.
Six engines will be available. The petrol options are a 104bhp 1.2 TSI, a 120bhp 1.4 TSI and a 1.4 TSI with cylinder deactivation that produces 138bhp.
The three diesel engines are a 104bhp 1.6 TDI, a 109bhp 1.6 Bluemotion and a 148bhp 2.0 TDI.
The Bluemotion version is the most efficient Golf Estate to date. The 109bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox and averages 85.6mpg with CO2 emissions of 87g/km.
Pricing, specification and performance figures will be confirmed nearer the car's arrival, but expect to pay around £2000 more than the equivalent hatchback. UK orders will start in July and cars will arrive from October.
By Matthew Burrow