It was the hatchback the made the Golf famous, but this estate version has an awful lot going for it, too. A huge boot and some clever touches give it plenty of appeal to family buyers, and yet it loses little of the hatchback’s fine driving dynamics and excellent refinement.
The Golf Estate does cost slightly more to buy than rivals such as the Skoda Octavia Estate and Peugeot 308 SW. However, it makes up for this with stronger resale values, so is still great value for money – especially if you’re a private buyer.
It’s a superb all-rounder that offers everything most families will ever need. It’s available with a range of strong and economical engines, the cabin is as practical as it is classy, and the best versions blend an extremely comfortable ride with composed handling.
If you’re a private buyer, we’d recommend either the 1.6 TDI 110 or 2.0 TDI 150 diesels; if your annual mileage is low, the 1.4 TSI 122 is also worth considering. Most company car drivers will be best off with the regular 1.6 TDI. It’ll cost you more in company car tax than the diesel Bluemotion model, but comes with much more standard equipment, so is worth the extra money.
Whichever engine you choose, though, SE trim strikes the best balance between equipment and price. S and Bluemotion trims are too basic, and the higher-end versions are too pricey.