Volkswagen Golf Estate Review 2022

Volkswagen Golf Estate At A Glance

+611-litre boot. Rugged Alltrack model.

-On sale 2021.

Volkswagen has revealed an estate version of its latest Golf - with a huge 611-litre boot and a four-wheel-drive Alltrack model.

The Volkswagen Golf Estate will follow the same trim and engine line-up as the hatchback, with prices starting from £24,575. That makes it a rival to the likes of the Ford Focus Estate and Kia Ceed Sportswagon.

The Volkswagen Golf Estate has grown in size compared to the outgoing model, with an extra six litres of luggage capacity and a further 22 litres with the rear seats dropped (now providing up to 1642 litres of space).

Its wheelbase is signicantly bigger - something which, Volkswagen says, makes the Golf Estate look 'more elongated and flatter'. It also means rear passengers get more space than they would have done previously.

Bridging the gap between the estate car and crossover SUV, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack will be sold exclusively as an estate model. It features permanent all-wheel drive as standard, as well a small increase in ground clearance and rugged front and rear bumpers. With a 2000kg towing capacity, Volkswagen claims the Golf Alltrack is a 'true all-rounder'.

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Can you suggest an alternative to the Volkswagen Golf Estate?
"I would like to buy a used Volkswagen Golf Estate but a low mileage, petrol automatic is £16,000-plus. Just outside my price range. Can you suggest one or two alternative similar cars which might fit the bill? "
Have you considered a SEAT Leon Estate? It's mechanically very similar to the Golf (with the same platform and engines) but you should find your budget goes a bit further on the used market. The same is true for the Skoda Octavia. Alternatively, a Peugeot 308 SW is a very good Golf alternative.
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How can we get a good deal on a new car?
"We have a 2017 Volvo V90 D5 that has done 50,000 miles. It is bigger than we need.Given the price of second hand cars we wonder whether we should just look to get a new car (trying to negotiate a discount for cash) on the basis ours may have increased in value as well. We would then sell the V90 on through an organisation that buys cars if necessary. A mid-sized estate (such as a Golf) would suit us well. Do you have any advice on our approach and any suggestions as to what we should consider? Our budget is probably £18,000 to £20,000. Due to infirm knees we would prefer an automatic."
Getting a good deal on a new car will be the difficult bit. Used car prices are inflated because there's a shortage of new cars. A dealer will be reluctant to offer a good deal for cash - they make commission from finance sales. As a replacement for your Volvo, a Volkswagen Golf Estate sounds like a good choice. We'd also recommend a Kia Ceed Sportswagon or, if you can find one within budget, a hybrid Toyota Corolla Touring Sports. Also consider SUV alternatives like a Skoda Karoq.
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Can you recommend a safe, economical car for driving in narrow lanes?
"We currently have a BMW 5 Series on a lease. We drive around town and do a 60-minute motorway commute (roundtrip) each day. We’re moving to a rural cottage down narrow country lanes, but will still be doing the commute, so thinking of swapping the lease car to something cheaper. What car is good for narrow roads in winter. i.e. not too big, but still safe, economical and good to put a dog in the back?"
How about a Volkswagen Golf Estate? It'll be spacious enough for your dog (with easy access) yet smaller (and cheaper) than your current 5 Series. Alternatively, a Honda Jazz could be a good option. It's smaller still but extremely versatile and the latest model uses a hybrid powertrain. The rugged Crosstar version might suit country life.
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What does a Volkswagen Golf Estate cost?

Buy new from £22,731(list price from £25,340)