Used Volkswagen Golf Estate 1999 - 2005 review

Category: Estate car

Section: What is it like?

1999 - 2005 review
Volkswagen Golf Estate (97 - 06)
  • Volkswagen Golf Estate (97 - 06)
  • Volkswagen Golf Estate (97 - 06)
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What's the used Volkswagen Golf estate like?

The Golf Estate's boot space is reasonable rather than exceptional. It's easy to extend it further by lowering the split rear seats, but it won't take all the clutter that fits into rivals like the Ford Focus. The Focus also offers more head- and legroom for rear seat passengers.

Up front, though, there are no such complaints. Build quality is excellent - at least on this generation of Golf, the VW's classy interior still leads the way. The Golf driver gets a good deal, too, thanks to big, comfortable, easy-to-adjust seats and steering that adjusts for both rake and reach.

As a long-distance cruiser, the Golf is right in its element and it rides well on the motorway. It's not so impressive on country roads, where there's too much bounce and body roll, but things improve with a little weight on board - no bad thing in an estate.

Finally, safety is good, with a four-star Euro NCAP rating and decent security.