Volkswagen Golf Estate (2007 – 2009) Review

Volkswagen Golf Estate (2007 – 2009) At A Glance


+Roomy estate made more versatile by thoughtful, clever details.

-Ride may be hard if it's anything like the Golf Mk V hatch.

On average it achieves 97% of the official MPG figure

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Child seats that fit a Volkswagen Golf Estate (2007 – 2009)

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Real MPG average for a Volkswagen Golf Estate (2007 – 2009)


Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

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Average performance


Real MPG

31–65 mpg

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Want to buy a Golf estate - what should I look out for?

"I want to buy a Volkswagen Golf Estate SE TDI(105) on a 58 plate with 26,000 miles. Are there any issues with it and is its DPF problem?"
If it's a 1.9TDI 105 then that is VW most reliable diesel engine, far better than the 1.6TDI and the 2.0 litre TDI and with the huge advantage that it doesn't have a diesel particulate filter.
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Should I repair my car or scrap it?

"I have a Volkswagen Golf estate that’s covered 88,000 miles. The car is a diesel, with a DPF, but I haven’t had any problems bar a hole in the engine block. The question is, is it worth replacing the engine or should I scrap the car?"
Depends how old it is. Probably worth replacing the engine. Talk to
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I need to replace my Skoda Octavia with something to cover high mileages - what about the Toyota Avensis diesel?

"I run my own furnishing business and cover about 50,000 miles per year. I currently have a 2006 Skoda Octavia Mk2 1.9TDI estate which is coming up to 165,000 miles. It has been very good, but the driver's seat is a little narrow and I find I am thrashing it on motorways. I did own a Mk5 Volkswagen Golf hatchback 2.0 TDi prior to the Octavia, and found it more fun but a bit too small for what I sometimes carry. My logical choice would have been a Volkswagen 2.0 TDi estate up to three years old. I have a £14,000 budget and can accept up to 30,000 miles on the clock, but the problems with that engine on some models related to the oil pump drive really bother me. Does this affect every model? I was considering a 2007 2.0 Golf TDi CR estate. Aside from VAG I have looked at the latest Toyota Avensis diesel estate or perhaps an older, low mileage BMW 520d Touring 56 plate, or an Audi A4 1.9 TDi 115 estate 07 plate. "
If you have been looking at the current Avensis, then consider the 1.8 Valvematic petrol estate. It's very nearly as low CO2 and very nearly as economical as the diesel without all the problems a diesel can bring. it's also much nicer to drive.
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