2021 Volkswagen Golf Estate revealed: price, specs and release date

New Volkswagen Golf Estate takes its engines and equipment from the big-selling hatchback and adds a lot more space...

2021 Volkswagen Golf Estate front

On sale: Summer 2021 | Price from: £26,000

Big businesses often diversify to reach as large an audience as possible, so it makes sense that for a car which represents as big a business as the Volkswagen Golf, there should be as many different versions to choose from as possible. That’s why the family hatchback is now being joined by a new estate version and a rugged Alltrack variant designed to bridge the gap between the conventional car and an SUV.

2021 Volkswagen Golf Estate rear

2021 Volkswagen Golf Estate space and practicality

The big news is that the Golf Estate is bigger than ever before, both inside and out. In fact, you can now fit 611 litres of luggage into the boot: slightly more than even the mammoth Skoda Octavia Estate will take. That means fitting your holiday luggage, an especially big shop or even the spoils of an adventurous afternoon at the garden centre should pose no problem at all. Fold the rear seats forwards, and your family estate can also double as a van.

Helpful features include an electronically extending and retracting towing bracket if you plan on hauling a trailer behind you, and hands-free access to the boot thanks to a sensor underneath the rear bumper, allowing you to open the tailgate easily even if your hands are full.

2021 Volkswagen Golf Estate interior

2021 Volkswagen Golf Estate interior and equipment

The Golf Estate’s standard kit list now includes safety features such as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and lane-keeping assistance. You also get a digital instrument panel and an 8.25in touchscreen infotainment system. Should you want to wait before choosing some of the technology upgrades available on the Golf, for example adaptive cruise control or smartphone integration, you can add these later, because like the Golf hatchback, the Golf Estate is always connected to the internet and is able to receive software updates wirelessly.

The Golf Alltrack, meanwhile, is aimed at buyers who want space akin to an SUV, but who don’t want a high driving position. Alltrack versions of the Golf have beefier looks, four-wheel drive as standard and increased ground clearance compared with the regular Golf Estate.

2021 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack front

2021 Volkswagen Golf Estate engines and price

Engines are carried over from the regular Golf hatchback, with a 1.5-litre petrol mild hybrid joined by a smaller 1.0-litre petrol, a regular 1.5-litre petrol, and a 2.0-litre diesel in two states of tune.

The Golf Estate is expected to cost from £26,000 and the Golf Alltrack from £35,000, a slight increase over today’s equivalents. At those prices, the Golf Estate looks competitive next to key rivals that include the Skoda Octavia Estate and Ford Focus Estate.

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