Volkswagen Golf Estate Review & Prices

The Volkswagen Golf Estate is roomy, well-built and nicely-rounded family car pick. We'd like it even more if the infotainment tech wasn't so fiddly, though

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Reviewed by Carwow after extensive testing of the vehicle.

What's good

  • Excellent build quality
  • Big boot
  • Lots of standard equipment

What's not so good

  • Alternatives are more exciting to look at
  • Can be quite expensive
  • Pricey automatic gearbox

Find out more about the Volkswagen Golf Estate

Is the Volkswagen Golf Estate a good car?

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 Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake.

Quite possibly the Golf Estate's biggest selling point is the interior, which is 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 Volkswagen 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 DAB digital radio, air conditioning and Bluetooth phone connection.

Good to drive, practical estate car that doesn't compromise comfort, either

In general, the Volkswagen 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 VW 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.

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How much is the Volkswagen Golf Estate?

The Volkswagen Golf Estate has a RRP range of £28,400 to £35,045. However, with Carwow you can save on average £1,220. Prices start at £27,308 if paying cash. Monthly payments start at £299. The price of a used Volkswagen Golf Estate on Carwow starts at £14,000.

Our most popular versions of the Volkswagen Golf Estate are:

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1.5 eTSI 150 Style 5dr DSG £31,522 Compare offers
1.5 TSI Life 5dr £27,308 Compare offers
1.5 TSI 150 Style 5dr £29,996 Compare offers

Performance and drive comfort

The VW Golf Estate’s ride quality is excellent, and the suspension soaks up bumps in the road with ease

There’s a huge choice of engines and, to be honest, all of them are great at what they do. New for the 2017 model is a 1.5-litre petrol that takes the place of the outgoing 1.4-litre.

These advanced new EVO engines benefit not only from cylinder-on-demand technology but automatic models also have an advanced coasting function, which decouples the engine from the gearbox where possible to save fuel. VW claims it can improve fuel economy by up to 8mpg bringing the quoted average for the 148hp model to 58mpg and 61mpg for the 128hp version.

However, if you’re looking for impressive fuel consumption, the two diesels are the ones to go for. The cheaper of the pair is a 1.6-litre that should have no problems moving the Volkswagen Golf Estate around, though it won’t feel spritely when the car’s fully loaded. If you believe VW’s figures it can return fuel economy of 74mpg.

The other diesel in the range is arguably all you’ll ever need in a VW Golf Estate. It produces 148hp, but the meaty torque available from very low in the rev range is what wins you over. It isn’t fast but it’s not slow either, cracking 0-62mph in a smidge under nine seconds. Quoted fuel economy sits at 67mpg and it’s easy to average around 55mpg in the real world.

There’s another, more powerful, version of that 2.0-litre that packs 184hp. It is only available in the hot GTD Estate model which also benefits from more aggressive styling, stronger brakes and bigger wheels. It’s a step below the full-blown 305hp Golf R Estate and provides most of the visual updates over a standard Golf that the R gets while the quoted fuel economy figure of 61mpg is decent enough for the performance on offer.

Models with 125hp and upwards get a sophisticated rear suspension system that deals with the UK’s bumpy roads more successfully than the basic setup and also makes the Golf feel more surefooted in corners.

Despite some added weight, the Volkswagen Golf Estate is identical to drive to the hatchback. You can opt for ACC (Adaptive Chassis Control), which lets you set the firmness of the suspension settings – our advice, unless you’re going to drive flat-out everywhere, is not to bother, especially because it’s an £800 option.

It’s definitely not the most fun to drive among its rivals, however the Volkswagen Golf Estate does a really good job at everything else. Out on the motorway, it’s hushed and only if you turn off the radio you can hear a faint wind whistle coming from the side mirrors. Whereas in town, the light steering makes short work of low-speed manoeuvres.

Space and practicality

The Volkswagen Golf Estate has plenty of room inside for passengers and the boot is a very decent size, although it’s not the very biggest

There’s plenty of space whichever seat you sit in, with lots of head and legroom. The seats are comfortable and supportive and the standard cloth upholstery looks smart. Mid-range models and up also get a small lever on the side of the driver’s seat which adds even more adjustments to the, arguably, near-perfect driving position.

There are loads of storage areas dotted around the cabin that only increase the practicality of the VW Golf Estate. A litre bottle fits in each of the door pockets and there’s space left for keys and the like. And whatever you put in there won’t rattle because the door pockets are lined with felt.

People buy estates for their boot space, and the Volkswagen Golf Estate excels in this key area. Its load capacity is 605 litres (1,620 with the rear seats folded down) and it’s larger than almost all rivals of a similar price range – although the Skoda Octavia estate (610 litres) and Peugeot 308 SW (660 litres) boots are even bigger. Not only is the load bay large, but it has a wide opening and a low load lip so even big objects are easy to load.

Interior style, infotainment and accessories

Interior quality is one of the VW Golf Estate’s biggest selling points – giving premium quality at a mainstream price

Some might hanker after a little more verve, but the simple layout means the VW Golf Estate is extremely easy to operate and the touchscreen infotainment system represents a benchmark that rivals would do well to follow.

The Volkswagen Golf Estate is the only car in its class to offer gesture controls, though it’s a feature that you’ll probably show off once to your passengers and then forget about because the regular controls are already so intuitive. They’re only available on the most expensive system that comes with an expansive 9.2-inch screen and detailed graphics.

Mid-range models get an eight-inch screen, which drops to 6.5 inches in basic cars. All have an easy-to-understand-menu structure that makes them some of the best in class.

Making a more-convincing case for itself than the gesture controls is the 12.3-inch Active Info display that sits behind the steering wheel in place of analogue dials. It’s as configurable as the central infotainment screen – and is at its most eye-catching displaying huge and detailed maps for the sat-nav.

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