Come October there'll be a new estate on the estate - the Volkswagen Golf.
Launched at the Geneva Motor Show, the new Volkswagen Golf Estate brings added practicality to the Mk7 Golf's list of talents, further justifying the car's 2013 European Car of the Year title.
There's not a lot about the Golf we've not covered already, but the big news is the big boot. You can now squeeze even more luggage into its 605-litre boot, 100 litres bigger than that of its predecessor.
Fold the back seats down and load to the roof, and there's a full 1,620 litres of space. For comparison, the old Golf managed 1,495 litres.
The new model is 307 mm longer than the regular Golf hatchback, but visually it's identical up to the start of the C-pillar. Some will find the styling boring, others will love its Germanic simplicity and clean-cut lines, but there's no doubting it looks as suited to being an estate as it does a hatchback.
The engine range is standard Golf, with 1.2 and 1.4-litre petrol engines in various states of tune, as well as 1.6 and 2.0-litre TDI diesel options. The highlights here are the 1.4-litre TSI ACT 140 PS, with cylinder deactivation, and the first appearance of VW's BlueMotion badge on a Golf Estate.
Launched alongside the estate, the new Golf BlueMotion gets a headline-grabbing 88.3 mpg and CO2 emissions of only 85 g/km, making it one of the most efficient vehicles on the road.
The estate version is unlikely to match those figures exactly, but it should prove more than a match for the recently-announced Toyota Auris Touring Sports Hybrid.
Priced from: Not yet announced
Available from: Order July, deliveries October
Golf Estates have always been popular for their space and durability, and the new model offers the largest boot yet. Coupled to the most efficient range of engines ever put in a Golf, and VW has another winner on its hands. Full UK specification and pricing will be announced closer to the Golf Estate's launch date.
Update (July 2013): Reviews of the new Golf Estate are out and it's now on sale!
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