Volkswagen Golf Estate (2009 – 2013) Review

Volkswagen Golf Estate (2009 – 2013) At A Glance


+Bluemotion Technology model has impressively low emissions and high mpg, upgraded interior is an improvement on the previous model.

-Not a MK VI Golf underneath despite the looks, legroom is tight in the back.

Insurance Groups are between 13–21
On average it achieves 84% of the official MPG figure

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This Volkswagen Golf estate isn't quite as new as it looks. It may have the headlights and grille of the 2009 MK VI Golf hatchback, but it's essentially the same car that was on sale from 2007-2009. Volkswagen has done something similar with the Golf Plus and both cars are based on the Golf MK V, rather than the newer MK VI.

Plus points are the addition of cleaner petrol and diesel engines. While there's not the wide selection of engines that you get with the Golf hatchback, you can pick from some of Volkswagen's finest engines. Of particular note is the Bluemotion model. This uses an ultra-clean 1.6-litre TDI diesel engine to achieve 67mpg and emissions of 109g/km.

Open the tailgate and there's a large, useful boot. There's an impressive 505 litres on offer with the seats up and 1495 litres with the seats folded - more than enough for the needs of most families.

Improvements over the previous Golf Estate include an upgraded dashboard, improved refinement and better standard and optional equipment, including a parking system that will park the car for you. Overall, the Golf estate makes a practical and fuss-free family car.

Real MPG average for a Volkswagen Golf Estate (2009 – 2013)


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

34–68 mpg

MPGs submitted


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What would you advise running my car to avoid EGR failure after the emissions fix?

"I own a Volkswagen Golf Estate Mk6 1.6 TDI. I bought it a year ago as a family estate and I like the car a lot. Recently the EGR valve failed, luckily under main dealer warranty. At the same time as this was replaced, I had the emissions fix done. I have heard that after the fix, the EGR valve is more likely to fail again. The main dealer has suggested, therefore, that I run the car at least monthly for 20 miles at 3500rpm and I have read your advice to rev to 4500 through the gears (which sounds a lot easier to do). I do a short local work commute (about 7 - 15 miles each way) and general family, dog stuff and occasional holiday journey (roughly 10,000 miles a year). We have no local motorway and, although the recommended 20 mile blast is possible, I find it ludicrous that I have to do this. Do I simply own a car with a poor engine and/or, could you again offer your sensible advice on running the car to try and avoid future EGR failure?"
EGRs failing after the NOx emissions fix are usually because they were close to failing anyway, but this has been a very common failure on the EA189 1.6 TDI. The fix involves reducing NOx at the expense of producing more soot, so you will find that the system actively regenerates more frequently than you are used to. What you have to avoid is repeated short runs from cold in which you select high gears early. You need to run in third or fourth rather then fifth or sixth to keep the revs over 2000 and help the system to passively regenerate. Only put it into sixth on longer runs.
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Buying a used family estate - Which model is best?

"My current vehicle is reaching the end of its life and I'm considering purchasing a used estate. Safety is the highest priority, followed by reliability/running costs. Last year I covered 21,000 nukes, so I think a diesel fits my driving style best. I am considering the Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI Estate (09-13) and Ford Focus 1.8/2.0 TDCi Estate (08-11). Which model and engine would you recommend? "
Don't recommend either, but marginally the Focus 2.0TDCI over the Golf because it's more reliable. But for altogether better reliability, a KIA cee'd 1.6CRDI or a Hyundai i30 1.6CRDI and, if you can afford it, a Honda Civid 1.6iDTEC.
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Freezing car doors - what can you recommend?

"I am now driving my third Golf Estate, a 14 reg which I have had from new, but this is the first one in which the doors freeze shut in the winter. It doesn't have to be very cold, -1 will do it, but I really would like to have an idea how I can prevent it happening before the winter arrives. I have, so far, managed to open one door so I at least have been able to crawl in and start the engine to warm things up, but I'm really scared that one day I won't be able to get in at all!"
Silicone grease on the door shut rubbers.
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Clutch Problem with Golf Estate

"The clutch on my Volkswagen Golf Estate keeps sticking to the floor. The master cylinder has been replaced, but the problem persist. Any ideas?"
If not the master cylinder, then the slave cylinder.
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