Volkswagen Golf Estate (2013 – 2020) Review

Volkswagen Golf Estate (2013 – 2020) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
A compelling blend of quality, practicality and attractive styling, the Volkswagen Golf Estate makes a throughly sensible buy.

+Good looking, well thought-out design. Quality interior. Refined at speed.

-Boot isn’t the biggest in the class.

Insurance Groups are between 11–30
On average it achieves 79% of the official MPG figure

The Volkswagen Golf Estate is a quietly handsome wagon with all the benefits of the hatch, plus a large cargo bay that gives plenty of cars from the class above a hard time. The Skoda Octavia Estate can carry more and a Ford Focus Estate is more engaging to drive, but the German model is hard to fault. Read on for our full Volkswagen Golf Estate review.

The load-carrying version of the Volkswagen Golf offers the same excellent build quality, relaxed driving and high levels of technology as the hatchback, but with the added benefit of increased practicality thanks to a usefully large and well shaped load area.

From the driver’s seat, it’s more or less impossible to tell the Volkswagen Golf Estate apart from its hatchback counterpart.

Not only does it look the same, but everything from the steering feel and ride quality, to the comfort and performance, is recognisably similar. So there’s no compromise for choosing an estate version – even the engine range and trim structure are the same.

The differences only really become apparent when you open the boot, which has a capacity of 605 litres with the seats in place, and 1620 litres with them folded forward.

The boot floor is flat and low, so loading and unloading is very easy, plus you can hide items underneath it, and there are two storage bins for odds and ends.

The engine range kicks off with a 1.2-litre 85PS petrol, with a choice of a further three petrol units up to 140PS.

There are also four diesel engines ranging from a 90PS 1.6 TDI to a 150PS 2.0-litre TDI. The most efficient engine is the 110PS BlueMotion, which is claimed to deliver an official 85.6mpg, with emissions of 87g/km.

The Volkswagen Golf Estate manages to combine everything that’s good about the hatchback with all the advantages you’d expect of a wagon, which makes it a compelling used buy.

However it is worth remembering that the SEAT Leon ST and Skoda Octavia Estate offer a very similar package – in fact, they’re both based on the same platform – but are cheaper.

Looking for a new Volkswagen Golf Estate? Read our review here.

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