Sam Philip22 May 2009

Golf goes estate

VW unveils big-booted version of MkVI Golf. Bet you didn’t see that one coming, huh?

Volkswagen Golf estate

As inevitably as spring turning to summer, or a fresh-faced Hollywood starlet turning to hard drugs and nudey photoshoots, Volkswagen has turned the MkVI Golf into an estate.

It gets, er, a bigger boot than the hatchback Golf. Which is good if you need to transport large objects. Like armchairs. Or publicans.

The big news - apart from the big boot - is a new 1.6-litre common rail diesel engine, which develops 101bhp but puts out just 119g/km of CO2. Which means £35-a-year road tax.

Visually, the Golf estate gets the same front-end treatment as the Golf hatch, Scirocco and new Polo, along with new tail lights and, excitingly, body-coloured bumpers. The interior's been nabbed straight out the new Golf hatch, with a three-spoke steering wheels as seen in the Passat CC.

Don't get too excited: we're unlikely to see the Golf estate in the UK until early next year. Expect prices to start at around £15,000.

So how would you like your Golf, sir? Five-door? Three-door? Coupe (Scirocco)? Saloon (Jetta)? Faux MPV (Golf Plus)? Proper MPV (Touran)? SUV (Tiguan)? Or estate? The choice is yours... 

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