What's the used Volkswagen Golf estate like?
The seventh generation of the Volkswagen Golf Estate ran from 2013 to 2020, and it married the excellent driving manners, fine build quality and frugal engines of the contemporaneous hatchback with more than enough space to keep most families happy.
In fact, the biggest problem you are likely to encounter when looking for a used Golf Estate is finding one. That’s because Golf hatchbacks on the used market outnumber estates by about ten to one. Things are trickier still if you want an estate powered by petrol rather than diesel; again, the latter outnumber the former by approximately ten to one.
For those wanting a family estate with a good dollop of pace to match all the space, VW sold the Golf Estate in rapid GTD diesel form or the sensational four-wheel-drive R with 296bhp from its turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine. Both manual and automatic gearboxes are available, though, and both are good to use.
The VW Golf Estate range starts with S trim and features air-conditioning, a 5.8in touchscreen with DAB radio and 15in steel wheels, although many will have been upgraded to 16in alloys. SE adds those 16in wheels as standard, along with electric rear windows and an autonomous emergency braking system that alerts the driver if they are about to hit the vehicle in front. If the driver fails to react, the car can automatically apply the brakes. GT-spec cars come with sports suspension and 17in wheels that result in a firmer ride, plus front and rear parking sensors.
It’s not just the GTD and R flagship models that are great to drive, though. In fact, all Golf Estates offer a relaxed, comfortable ride with precise steering and a great sense of stability for motorway cruising. What’s more, with good visibility and plenty of safety features (some were standard, others optional), the Golf Estate is just as happy driving around town as it is trekking up and down the motorway.
Compared with the already roomy Golf hatchback, this estate offers approximately 35% more boot space. What’s more, the low loading lip, easy-to-fold rear seats and adjustable boot floor mean it ticks as many boxes as it can hold.
You get a decent amount of space for passengers too, with four adults able to travel in comfort in what remains one of the classiest interiors of any mainstream car. In short, it’s a very practical machine.