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Volkswagen Golf Estate review

£22,100 - £29,565
Published: 13 Jan 2015


What is it like to drive?

As with the hatch, the headline here is the ride, which is little short of a revelation. It absorbs, isolates and simply glides above the disturbance of Britain’s knackered roads. Yet, with less weight up front and all-new suspension, the chassis also delivers more feedback and grip than you may expect from such a supple ride. Sure, you’d never call it agile, but for progression and precision, it’s fine – albeit better on higher-end multi-link rear suspension than the penny-pinching torsion bar setup of lesser cars.

The new Golf Estate shares its engine line-up with the hatch. There are some interesting new engines along with the familiar (and still able) TSIs and TDIs from the old one. The 150bhp 1.4 TSI ACT is most meritorious, with an ingenious cylinder shut-off feature that lets it run as a two-pot when power demand is low. You can just about tell when it’s doing so but the transition is buttery smooth, and it really does offer the best of both petrol and diesel. 

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Highlights from the range

the fastest

Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TSI R 4Motion 5dr DSG
  • 0-624.9s
  • CO2164.0g/km
  • BHP320
  • MPG
  • Price£44,070

the cheapest

Volkswagen Golf 1.0 TSI 115 S 5dr
  • 0-6210.2s
  • CO2113.0g/km
  • BHP115
  • MPG
  • Price£22,100

the greenest

Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI Life 5dr DSG
  • 0-6210.7s
  • CO2103.0g/km
  • BHP115
  • MPG
  • Price£29,870
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