Volkswagen Golf Estate

4/5
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Verdict

The Volkswagen Golf Estate is still arguably the best car in its class.

Performance

The Volkswagen Golf is available with an array of petrol and diesel options ranging from the economical Bluemotion models to the high performance power houses. The first engine is the 1.2TSI with 85 or 110bhp mated to a 5 or 6-speed manual gearbox. There is also a 1.4TSI ACT with 150bhp with a 6-speed manual also available. Diesel options range from a 1.6TDI with 90 or 110bhp mated to a 5-speed manual or a 2.0TDI (depending on your trim level) with 150bhp with a 6-speed DSG automatic transmission. There are also the high performance Golf GTD with 184bhp, GTI with 210bhp, GTI Performance with 230bhp and the Golf R with 300bhp.

Ride & Handling

What makes the Golf the attractive option it has been for the last 40 years is its build quality from the ground up. The MQB platform in this latest generation Golf 7 improves performance and refinement. No matter what model you go for in the Golf range, you are treated to a comfortable ride no matter the environment. It’s also more fun to drive thanks to an almost perfect combination of nicely weighted steering, a slick manual gearbox and balanced handling. Move up to the higher performance models and this becomes even more apparent. In terms of an engaging drive, the Ford Focus probably still pips the Golf for that complete fun factor.

Refinement

The Golf is available with a choice of four different trim levels before moving into high performance territory. These are Trendline, Comfortline, Edition-R and Highline. Entry level Trendline specification is nicely finished with features like matching door and side trim panel, leather steering wheel and gear knob, Bluetooth, air-conditioning, electric windows and a 5.5 inch touchscreen with infotainment. Higher trim levels like Comfortline bring additional features like adaptive cruise control, LED lights front and rear, Piano black inserts on the dashboard and alcantara seats to name a few. While Edition-R gets a unique bodykit and alloy wheels.

Quality & Reliability

The interior design and quality of the Volkswagen Golf is second to none. The use of quality materials and contrast piano black inserts and chrome trims ooze quality and sophistication. The Golf is arguably not the best looking hatch on the market, but when it comes to interior style and quality, no rivals come close. From the steering wheel, to the seats and the quality of materials used, everything feels solid and superior to the touch with switchgear that works with precision.

Safety & Security

The Golf also scored very well in Euro NCAP crash testing, scoring the full five star rating. Entry level models come with a good level of safety technology that includes features like anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, post-collision braking system stopping the car from carrying on into a second collision, tyre pressure monitor, ISO-FIX and a full set of airbags. Further optional safety items include, hill assist, emergency braking system, seat belt tensioners and auto close of windows and sunroof if a collision is detected.

Space & Practicality

All models are sitting on the MQB platform which means space is good inside too. There is generous head and legroom for rear seat passengers fitting three adults with comfort. Cabin storage space is good too with a central cubby, cooled glovebox and storage beneath the front seats.

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Key Facts

Make

Volkswagen

Model
Golf Estate
Variant
GOLF EST TL 1.2TSI 85HP Petrol
Car Category
Estates
First Launched
2012
Engine (L)
1.2
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
5 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Estate
Price New
€23,535
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€200
Tax Band
A4
L/100km Combined
5.0
Average km/L
20
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
50
Fuel Tank Range
1000 km
Cost of filling a tank
€65.7
Average Cost Per 200 km
€13.14
CO2 emmissions
115 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
85 bhp
Max Power kW
63
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1197
Engine Cylinders
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
180 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
12.6 s

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Estate
Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity
605 L
Air Conditioning
Yes
Automatic Parking
No
Bluetooth
Yes
Cruise Control
Yes
Folding Rear Seats
Yes
Front Cup Holders
Yes
Height Adjustable Seats
Yes
Parking Sensors
No
Power Steering
Electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering
Rear Cup Holders
Yes
Reversing Camera
No
USB Connectivity
Yes

Warranty

All Components
3 Year vehicle warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year vehicle warranty
Car Body
12 Years Anti-Perforation
Paintwork
3 Years on paintwork
Mileage
90000
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5
Hill Hold Assist System
Yes

Dimensions

Boot capacity
605 L
Tyre size front
195/65 R15 mm
Tyre size back
195/65 R15 mm

Technical Information

Power
85 bhp