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We're yet to drive the Volkswagen Golf Estate 1.4 TSI 122 SE, but as soon as we do, our verdict will appear here.

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2.0 TDI 184
This most powerful diesel engine is reserved exclusively for the sporty GTD model. Delivers brisk acceleration, getting from 0-62mph in as little as 7.4sec and on to a top speed of 144mph. At the same time, it’s claimed to return upwards of 60mpg with the standard six-speed manual gearbox. An optional seven-speed dual-clutch auto is also available.
2.0 TDI
If you want a diesel and can stretch your budget, we’d take this 2.0-litre engine over the 1.6 TDI 115 because it’s stronger from low revs and smoother, but still returns good claimed fuel economy and CO2 emissions. Available with a standard six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed dual-clutch auto.
1.6 TDI
This diesel engine has 113bhp and comes with a five-speed manual gearbox or an optional seven-speed auto. It’s the least refined diesel engine in the range with performance that is adequate rather than sparkling, but it does offer very competitive claimed fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Only the range-topping R model is available with this seriously powerful 306bhp petrol engine that, combined with four-wheel drive, gives the Golf Estate R the sort of acceleration to worry proper performance cars. It’s available only with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
1.5 TSI EVO 150
We have yet to try this engine.
Our pick
Has four-cylinders like the 1.4 but slightly more power, yet offers better fuel economy and CO2 emissions. Deals easily with a full load onboard and is pleasantly smooth and quiet even when pushed hard.
1.0 TSI 110
It’s plenty good enough if you drive mainly in town, and if you do venture on to the odd motorway, as long as you give it some beans it’ll get up to speed and run with the pack well enough. Offers good a good alternative to diesel for low-milage users, with decent claimed fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, especially if you opt for the seven-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox over the standard six-speed manual.

Miles per gallon

Official fuel economy figure

39.2-70.6 mpg

CO2 Emissions

Official emissions rating

103-164 g/km

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1620 litres

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