VW launches Golf Estate
Based on the Mk VI hatchback's styling, the Estate gets a body-coloured rear bumper, new wheel designs and modified tail-lights. Inside, the dashboard and upholstery have been given a fresh look.
A new Bluemotion Technology variant will also be available throughout the S, SE and Sportline trim levels.
The low-CO2 Bluemotion Technology version differs from the original 'Bluemotion' label, which is reserved for the very greenest models.
Expect to see the Bluemotion Technology label applied across VW's entire line-up in future.
Available with the 104bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine, the Golf Estate Bluemotion Technology model covers an impressive 67.3mpg on average and emits 109g/km of CO2.
The low emissions mean road tax bills of £35 per year at current rates.
Changes to the standard vehicle include low-friction tyres, battery regeneration, a gearchange indicator to optimise fuel consumption, and an engine stop-start system.
Overall fuel economy should be improved by around 7%, and emissions lowered by 8%. Bluemotion Technology models will cost £410 more than the standard car.
Two petrol and three diesel engines will be available in the Golf Estate. At launch, the options include Volkswagen's existing 120bhp 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine and 104bhp 1.6 and 138bhp 2.0-litre diesels.
Next spring, two new engines join the line up: the 104bhp 1.2-litre turbo petrol and 89bhp 1.6 diesel.
Various gearboxes will be on offer, including the seven-speed DSG semi-automatic. Prices rise to £22,580 for the 2.0-litre TDI Sportline with the DSG 'box.