For The VW Golf Estate is refined and comfortable, but also enjoyable to drive. It has a huge boot with lots of useful touches, the cabin is well built and resale values are strong.

Against Prices are a little high, some rivals have even bigger boots and the entry-level trim doesn’t have a lot of equipment.

Volkswagen Golf Estate
55 5stars

The Volkswagen Golf Estate is as practical, comfortable and cheap to run as you could hope for – it’s the complete compact estate.

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There are 11 Volkswagen Golf versions available

Estate 1.2 TSI 85 S 5dr £18,945 TBA
Estate 1.2 TSI 105 S 5dr £19,535 TBA
Estate 1.4 TSI 122 S 5dr £20,295 TBA
Estate 1.6 TDI 90 S 5dr £20,765
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.6 TDI 105 S 5dr £21,150
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.4 TSI 122 SE 5dr £21,230 TBA
Estate 1.6 TDI 105 SE 5dr £22,085
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Estate 1.6 TDI 110 BlueMotion 5dr £22,785
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 2.0 TDI 150 SE 5dr £24,020
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Estate 1.4 TSI 140 GT 5dr £24,545 TBA
Estate 2.0 TDI 150 GT 5dr £25,470
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

Look no further if you’re after a compact family car with a big, practical boot. Most versions of the VW Golf Estate are excellent, too, although you still need to be mindful of a few things.

All models are comfortable and have good body control, but the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.6 diesels have less sophisticated rear suspension than the other versions, so they aren’t quite as good at smothering lumps and bumps in the road.

The 103bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine offers enough performance for most situations, and we’d also go for SE trim, which offers the best balance of equipment and price.

Two service intervals are available: Fixed Service, for cars that do fewer than 10,000 miles a year; and Flexible Service, which is designed for higher-mileage drivers. Cars on the Fixed Service interval need to be serviced every 10,000 miles or once a year, while those on the Flexible Service plan can go for up to 18,000 miles or two years before they need attention.

Reader test team says:

Volkswagen Golf Estate 1.4 TSI 122 SE 5dr

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…

Hugh Phipps

5 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Golf Estate 1.4 TSI 122 SE 5dr

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…

Ian Gibson

5 out of 5 stars
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