Volkswagen Golf Estate review

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Volkswagen Golf Estate
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10 Apr 2017 22:00 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 10:05

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It was the hatchback, launched all the way back in 1974, that made the Golf famous, but this Volkswagen Golf Estate has an awful lot going for it, too. A huge boot with some clever touches gives it plenty of load-lugging appeal to family buyers, and yet it loses little of the current hatchback’s superb dynamics and top-notch refinement.

All of which makes it a cracking all-rounder, with something for almost every family’s needs. And you get a great range of engines to choose from, including tiny three-cylinder petrols, super-economical diesels, right up to a barnstorming 306bhp sports-car-baiting beast that is the Golf R Estate.

If you think an estate buy is the way forward, is the Golf the best one or are others, such as the Skoda Octavia, Ford Focus, or Vauxhall Astra estates, better still?

Read on to find out the answer to that question, as well as which engines and trims make the most sense. And make sure you head over to our deal pages for the best prices, too.

 

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There are 6 trims available for the Golf estate. Click to see details.See all versions
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SE
SE adds 16in alloy wheels, front-seat lumbar adjustment, a rear-seat armrest, a ski hatch and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. And it adds gadgets such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLin...View trim
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S
Entry-level S trim isn’t lavishly equipped but does come with trinkets including air conditioning, four electric windows, height-adjustable front seats, a front centre armrest, a DAB radio, Bluetoo...View trim
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£20,306
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GT
This sportier trim offers 17in alloy wheels, sports suspension, sports seats and a performance monitor that includes a lap timer and G-meter. Other additions are privacy glass and interior ambient...View trim
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GTD BlueLine
Gets all the same kit at GTD trim save for smaller alloy wheels in the name of lower CO2 emissions and better fuel economy...View trim
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GTD
On top of GT trim on which it’s based, GTD comes with sill extensions, headlight washers, LED headlights, lowered, sports suspension, a honeycomb front grille, heated front seats, heated windscreen...View trim
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£28,545
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R
The range-topping Golf Estate gets all the GTD’s upgrades, including sports suspension and sporty looks inside and out. It also comes with a barnstorming 306bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and qu...View trim
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