The Golf Estate is a very practical family wagon. The boot is generously proportioned and it’s a comfortable car with a wide range of engines that all offer good performance and economy. We dislike its infotainment system and the fiddly dashboard buttons immensely, though, and a Skoda Octavia Estate offers more car for less cash.
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We'd stick with this entry-level trim. It comes with pretty much all you really need, including single-zone climate control, 16in alloy wheels, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob, automatic lights and wipers, adaptive cruise control, LED headlights, a digital Active Info Display, 10-colour interior ambient lighting, wireless phone charging, front and rear parking sensors, traffic sign recognition, front and rear centre armrests, a ski hatch, front-seat adjustable lumbar support, and a 10.0in infotainment touchscreen with sat-nav, Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto and a DAB radio.
The engineSee full engine specs
The 128bhp 1.5 eTSI 130 petrol is noticeably less spirited than the TSI 150 or eTSI 150 (0-62mph takes 9.4sec) when you work it hard. It's also quite noisy when you rev it out and barely any cheaper or more efficient, so we really wouldn't bother with it.
Competitive in lots of areas but not outstanding
Estate has bland handling and average performance, but majors...