Volkswagen Golf Estate (2013–)

What's good

Huge, practical and well shaped load area.

Low load floor is ideal for heavy items or dogs. 

Besides the larger load area it's identical to the Golf hatchback.

What to watch out for

BlueMotion model doesn't offer a massive advantage over a regular diesel.

SEAT Leon ST and Skoda Octavia Estate offer the same package but for less money.

This list is Golf estate specific. For the full list covering the VW Golf VII click here.

7-11-2014: Fault reported with 2013 Golf diesel automatic estate (1.6 TDI or 2.0 TDI not specified). Makes rumbining mnoise as if deriving on a rough road, in traffic is reluctant to change down from 4th to 3rd and from 3rd to 2nd without excessive pressure on the accelerator.

4-11-2015: EA888 1.8TFSI and 2.0TFSI engines recalled in USA because the rear camshaft lobe is prone to unexpectedly shear off from the shaft. The failure causes reduced engine power and loss of vacuum pump power, cutting vacuum supply to the brake booster and eventually resulting in increased braking effort."A reduction in engine power and/or increased need for braking effort after vacuum reserve has been depleted while driving can increase the risk of a crash," a statement cautions. The campaign affects approximately 92,000 vehicles including the 2015-2016 Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf SportWagen, Jetta and Passat. In notifying the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, VAG stated that the root cause of the camshaft failures has not been fully understood. The company is still continuing an in-depth failure analysis and development of a repair solution, however a fix may not be ready until the end of the first quarter next year.

5-10-2016: Report that electromechanical parking brake of 2016 Golf VII 1.6TDI estate intermittently releases when clutch is depressed to start the engine allowing the car to roll forward or backward if parked on a hill. Dealer initially found no fault, but later fitted a new brake switch and a new CPU, but problem persists.

11-1-2017: Report that door straps of VW Golf VII estates are freezing up in frosty weather? Apparently the door can be opened about 4 inches, and then is stopped by ice on the strap mechanism. It mainly affects the driver's door. Eventually, the door can be opened, either by waiting for it to thaw out, or by carefully pulling bit-by-bit until the ice breaks off. The answer might be silicone grease on the door strap. More information 9-2-2017: Apparently, coinciding with VW undertaking an investigation into this particular vehicle, a bulletin has been released to VW dealers confirming that a number of these vehicles have a drainage fault in the protective box cover which is supposed to prevent water ingress. This is then trapping water around the door brake strap, causing the problem when it freezes. They have now produced a modified cover with improved drainage which will hopefully correct the fault.

8-3-2017: Knocking noise from rear of 2015 VW Golf 1.4TSI estate turned out to be a failed damper.

13-3-2018: Information received from a reader in the USA regarding a 2015 Golf TDI Sporteagon he was proposing to buy that " The second part of the emissions modification will involve outfitting your car with new emission control parts to ensure system reliability and durability over time. If your car exceeds 40,000 miles (for automatic transmissions) or 70,000 miles (for manual transmissions) we will install updated emissions control system hardware - specifically a new Diesel Particulate Filter, Diesel Oxidation Catalyst, and Selective Catalytic Reduction Converter - that is needed to maintain emissions performance for the full useful life (150,000 miles) of your vehicle. As part of the Phase 2 modification, we will also install a second NOx sensor and corresponding software to improve the performance of the OBD system. The Phase 2 updates are expected to have no further impact on overall vehicle reliability, durability, fuel economy, engine sound, performance, or driveability."

5-4-2018: No official word from VAG, but ECU testing believes that the DQ200 7-speed dry cutch Mechatronics control box was finally re-engineered in 2016. This DSG 7 control unit is a common failure with engines under 2.0 litres on the VW Golf (2003 – 2016)

13-8-2018: Lightly driven 2015 VW Golf 1.4TSI DSG estate suffered slight judder on changes from 1st to 2nd and needed a new clutch pack at 5,000 miles. Supplied and fitted under warranty.

27-11-2018: Report that a prospective owner's new VW Golf estate was delivered to the VW dealer on Nov 1st, 2018, but he has been told that the DVLA cannot register the car "as it has a 2019 engine and they require codes from VW." No date when this will happen has been given. (Presumably refers to the WLTP emissions test figures.)

27-11-2018: Report that a prospective owner's new VW Golf estate was delivered to the VW dealer on Nov 1st, 2018, but he has been told that the DVLA cannot register the car "as it has a 2019 engine and they require codes from VW." No date when this will happen has been given. (Presumably refers to the WLTP emissions test figures.)

1-12-2018: Report of severely leaking panoramic sunroof in late 2014 Mk 7 Golf Estate. "A few weeks ago we noticed internal misting but last weekend the driver's footwell was soaked. Now that the capillary effect is complete, the footwell is drenched and the A pillar is wet to the touch. The drain hole is clear.

26-12-2018: Report of 2017 VW Golf GTD Estate needing new 6-speed DSG box under warranty at 2,500 miles. New transmission seems to be holding its gears for longer and fuel consumption has increased. (May be stuck in 'Sport' mode.) Even at 50mph with 'E' selected box is still holding 5th gear.

28-2-2019: Report of ACC of VW Golf VII estate failing and VW dealer will not fix it under warranty stating that it has been "physically impacted". (It is in a vulnerable position and could have been damaged by another car when parking.) Owner claiming it is a "design fault and poor positioning" (which it is). Dealer wants £400 to fix it.

15-07-2019: Ongoing issues with the 1.5 TSI engine with no resolution from Volkswagen.

Recalls

3-1-2015: Just-Auto.com tells us that Volkswagen of America has announced a voluntary safety recall to check for fuel leaks on 2015 Golf and Golf GTI models and 2014 and 2015 Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Jetta and Passat variants with 1.8T and 2.0T engines. The recall affects about 37,970 cars. "It is possible that a sealing cap on the fuel rail may fail to seal, thus allowing fuel to leak into the engine compartment. Leaking fuel, in the presence of an ignition source, may result in a fire," the automaker said in a statement. Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the fuel rail.

4-11-2015: EA288 1.8TFSI and 2.0TFSI engines recalled in USA because the rear camshaft lobe is prone to unexpectedly shear off from the shaft. The failure causes reduced engine power and loss of vacuum pump power, cutting vacuum supply to the brake booster and eventually resulting in increased braking effort."A reduction in engine power and/or increased need for braking effort after vacuum reserve has been depleted while driving can increase the risk of a crash," a statement cautions. The campaign affects approximately 92,000 vehicles including the 2015-2016 Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf SportWagen, Jetta and Passat. In notifying the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, VAG stated that the root cause of the camshaft failures has not been fully understood. The company is still continuing an in-depth failure analysis and development of a repair solution, however a fix may not be ready until the end of the first quarter next year.

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