Used Volkswagen Golf Estate 1999 - 2005 review

Category: Estate car

Section: Our recommendations

Volkswagen Golf Estate (97 - 06)
  • Volkswagen Golf Estate (97 - 06)
  • Volkswagen Golf Estate (97 - 06)
Used Volkswagen Golf Estate 1999 - 2005 review
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Our recommendations

Which used Volkswagen Golf estate should I buy?

Unless you intend to haul nothing heavier than the weekly shopping and exist largely on a diet of lettuce, then the weedy 74bhp 1.4 petrol and 67bhp 1.9 SDI diesel should be avoided, particularly in entry-level E trim.

Bigger petrols include a 2.0-litre unit, 1.8-litre turbos and a 2.3-litre V5. However, the best engine in the Golf estate isn't petrol-powered. Instead, go for the 130bhp TDI PD diesel, introduced in June 2001.