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The Top Gear car review: Volkswagen Golf Estate

Overall verdict
It's taken Volkswagen a surprising amount of time to get here, but finally we have a Golf Estate that's up with the best.


Vast improvement: practical and good to own


Such excellence doesn't come cheap


What is it?

Unlike the outgoing Golf MkVI, this is more than just a comprehensive and clever facelift. The Golf MkVII really is an all-new car. But instead of radically redesigning it, VW has come up with… a Golf. When you’ve sold 29 million of ‘em, you don’t throw away a formula that’s so successful. Instead, you improve it. Which is why no stone has been left unturned in the pursuit of perfection.

This is the new Golf Estate. Volkswagen has long-tried with family estate cars without ever getting it right. Surprising, given how good the Golf hatch is. Finally, here’s one that looks to have hit the nail on the head. Out goes the unfortunate rear-end droop, in comes crisp, sharp-edged and contemporary. 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 TDI GTD 5dr
7.9s 115g/km 64.2 181 £28,285
The cheapest
1.0 TSI 115 S 5dr
10.2s 113g/km 115 £22,100
The greenest
1.6 TDI Match Edition 5dr
10.8s 108g/km 115 £25,100