What used Volkswagen Golf estate will I get for my budget?
Prices for this version of the Volkswagen Golf Estate start at about £3000, but for that you’re getting a diesel with a mileage that suggests it might well have been to the moon and back. For something with less than 80,000 miles on the clock you’ll pay close to £5,000, which opens up the possibility of both 1.6 and 2.0-litre TDI-engined models.
The market tops out at about £14,000, for which you’ll get a very well equipped, low-mileage 2013 car from a franchised main dealer.
How much does it cost to run a Volkswagen Golf estate?
Because the vast majority of Golf Estates are diesel-powered, running costs are low. The 1.6-litre engine in Bluemotion Technology guise with stop-start technology returns an official average of 67mpg while emitting just 109g/km of CO2, meaning it costs just £20 per year to tax. The non-Bluemotion Technology 1.6 TDI is marginally more expensive to tax at £30 per year.
Even the more powerful 2.0 TDI delivers impressive figures, recording 56.5mpg in EU fuel economy tests and emitting between 128 and 144g/km of CO2 depending what age and version of Golf Estate you choose, meaning it will cost at most £145 per year to tax.
Depending on driving style, servicing schedules can run up to two years or 20,000 miles, but we’d strongly recommend having your Golf Estate serviced every 12 months or 10,000 miles. The good news then that VW’s fixed-price servicing helps to keep costs transparent.