What used Volkswagen Golf estate will I get for my budget?
Prices for the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf Estate (you can spot it from its predecessor by the more angular rear lights) start at about £4500 for a high-mileage 1.6-litre diesel in the lower of its two available power outputs (104bhp versus 114bhp).
For a petrol Golf Estate, you’ll pay between £6500 and £7500 for one with average miles for the year on the clock. Put aside between £11,000 and £13,000 for a 2017 car, and £14,000 to £16,000 for a 2019 model; a tiny bit more, between £17,000 and £20,000, for the last 2020 cars.
The fact that the high-performance Golf Estate R was only launched in 2015, and prices are still very strong; you’ll need to budget at least £17,500 for such a car. It’s a similar story with the Golf Alltrack, a jacked-up, four-wheel-drive version of the family estate intended for those who occasionally need to venture off the beaten track. Launched at the same time as the R, it costs from £15,000 as a used buy, while a Golf GTD Estate can be yours for £14,000.
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The Golf Estate can be bought with the same 1.6 TDI engine as the hatchback. It’s an impressive unit as far as fuel economy is concerned, returning as much as an average 67.3mpg. The more powerful 2.0 TDI gets 64.5mpg, while the GTD manages 58.9mpg.
The majority of petrol engines manage to get a combined figure of more than 50mpg. Indeed, the smallest 1.0 manages 58.6mpg, beating the 56.5mpg of the 1.2 it replaced. The earlier 1.4 petrol manages 53.3mpg in 123bhp, and 52.3mpg in 148bhp forms. The later 1.5-litre TSI petrol engined-car does better, getting 55.4mpg in 128bhp form and 53.3mpg in its higher output 148bhp version.
The only model that can be particularly thirsty is the Golf Estate R, but its 39.2mpg isn't so bad considering the performance.
Car tax (VED)
Unless you opt for the R, which emits 164g/km, most Golf estates have low emissions. The 1.6 diesel is best at 102g/km, but the 2.0 isn't far off with 113g/km. Not even the GTD is that much worse at 119g/km.
Petrol models put out a little more CO2. The lowest emissions come from the 112g/km of the 1.0, followed by the 117g/km of the 1.2. Both versions of the 1.4 emit 123g/km.
Cars registered after April 2017 will be charged a flat rate fee. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here.
Servicing costs for most models that are over three-years-old range from £184 for a basic check and fluid change to £354 for a major service. That’s slightly more than a Vauxhall dealer would charge to service an Astra Estate or a Ford dealer for a Focus Estate, but it's by no means unreasonable for this size of car.
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