The Volkswagen Golf Estate is a spacious family car that is well made and very sensible. Its main rivals are the Ford Focus Estate, Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer and the Peugeot 308 SW. A more up-market rival is the Audi A3 Sportback.
The Golf Estate’s interior is its biggest selling point – it’s made from expensive-feeling soft-touch plastics and feels built to last. The car is also hugely practical – there is space for four to travel in comfort, the boot is huge and there are numerous storage areas dotted around the cabin.
Being the best to drive was never a target for the Golf Estate – for that buy a Focus Estate. Instead, the Golf focusses on providing a safe and predictable driving experience giving the driver confidence. The automatic gearbox is one of the best in the class.
There is a huge range of engines for the Golf Estate and there is one for any buyer’s needs. If it’s economy you want go for the 1.6-litre diesel, or if you’re looking for performance there is the 305hp Golf R Estate. The best choice, however, is the 2.0-litre middle-of-the-line diesel that’s not only frugal but also plenty powerful.
All models are generously appointed with standard equipment including a 6.5-inch infotainment, DAB digital radio, air conditioning and Bluetooth phone connection.
Good to drive, practical estate car that doesn't compromise comfort, either
In general, the Golf Estate is one of the best mid-size estates on sale. Whilst there are cheaper rivals, few come close to the all round ability and sense of quality the Volkswagen offers.
It’s very close to the hatchback in terms of handling, so you can still enjoy the sweet balance between ride and handling without having to compromise space or practicality. Choose the right engine and you won’t be spending a lot on fuel bills, either.
The Golf Estate’s biggest problem comes from within its own ranks – it’s called the Skoda Octavia Estate. What the Golf has over the Octavia in class, the Skoda more than makes up for with more space and a cheaper asking price.
We have prepared an in-depth colour guide to help you choose the right shade for you new Golf Estate.
If you want more information about the Volkswagen Golf Estate, read through the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. And, to see what sort of offer you can get on the Golf Estate, go through to our deals page.