Overall reader verdict 5 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    5 out of 5 stars

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Volkswagen Golf (12-) Estate
2 reader reviews for Volkswagen Golf Estate.
  • 1.4 TSI 122 SE 5dr

    Hugh Phipps , Glos . Date: 08/02/2015
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      41

    My car

    1.4 TSi (122 bhp) Estate SE, manual 6 spd Extras Self park, reversing camera,leather seat, mirror pack (41 Ave MPG my peak is 52 mpg on a run & lowest 34 min city driving).

    Spookily quiet engine (after my Focus diesel) with enough torque and a slick gear change making for relaxed driving. Performance is there if you need it. Ride comfort is good and handles modern pot holed roads well, on motorways with the quiet engine it is very relaxed cruising.

    Interior quality is good - nice touchscreen,seats comfortable, adjustable steering wheel suits most. Rear seat passengers well catered for. Estate boot good & remote flip down seats (don't fold flat) rear seatbelts don't get tangled and all the cubby holes, shopping hooks and hidden floor compartment in boot where you can store the parcel shelf means space really useful. Not as wide as my focus which is a shame.

    Best features adaptive cruise ( it is brilliant ), self park, rear camera and the touch screen all add to a good driving experience.

    Worst - placing the cigar lighter power supply at the back of the centre console - great for rear passengers not so good for wire trailing sat nav users. Seems to fog up more than my Focus on rainy days.SE well specced some options expensive & why can't you spec 140 bhp engine on SE ?

    An odd thing is tow bar slot under the rear bumber ( I don't have a tow bar so the slot is open to dirt and road sludge )-VW do a clip in cover - you have to buy it as an extra- dissapointing penny

  • 1.4 TSI 122 SE 5dr

    Ian Gibson , . Date: 14/03/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      42

    My car

    My car is actally a Danish spec highline model, its closest equivalent is the UK SE model.

    This car is unique in being the only C-Segment premium estate. The cabin quality is impressive. There is adaptive cruise control (configurable in Sport, Normal or Economy modes), which is superb and makes motorway driving a jaunt. Another nice detail is the automatic hand brake. The 14 way adjustable ergo seat with massage will allow anyone to find a superb seating position (not sure if this is on the UK model).

    The 1.4 122 PS TSI motor is quick enough, but no racer. It is refined, almost silent most of the time, but gives a satisfying growl under hard acceleration. Fuel economy is impressive for a petrol, 4 months of ownership I can now get to within 5% of the official combined economy on trips of 25 minutes or more. The steering is informative, and the suspension comfortable, yet nicely communicative; it is a great car to drive on the daily commute.

    Practicality and interior space are excellent. However, I'm 6'4" and there isn't fantastic space for an adult to sit behind me, though it can be done on shorter trips. Would be amazing with a sliding rear seat so you could sacrifice boot space for legroom. The boot is very spacious and swallows a large pram with ease, though you will need to fold up the boot floor in order for it to fit. Even then, there will still be space to fit a couple of cabin cases. There are cool practical touches, I love the ski flap between back seats.

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