Volkswagen Golf Estate Review (2014) — Volkswagen Golf Variant III

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Volkswagen Golf Variant III

Volkswagen Golf Estate (2014)

Our review of the new 2014 Estate reveals you can still awkward loads in style and comfort.

If it seems as if there’s a Volkswagen around every street that’s probably because is. More than 30 million been built since the generation arrived in 1974, it one of the most prolific nameplates in the

The estate variant of the Golf up a relatively small proportion of the with just 1.8 million sold since the Golf Mk III rolled up carrying a boxy extension in 1992.

We travelled to the to climb aboard the spacious new Mk VII Estate, also known as the Variant in Germany, to see if it’s to add a big jump to the sales tally.

Now you can fit more junk in the Golf’s


Like the Golf 7 the new Golf Estate is longer, wider and lighter than the it replaces. Up to 105kg has been depending on the engine and trim through the use of stronger steels in the and by sending virtually every component to the gym. Much of the new is identical to the hatchback, with visible only from the doors back.

Much of the new Estate is identical to the with changes visible from the rear doors The strong horizontal crease stretches between the wheelarches in the has been extended through to the of the car in the Estate, running neatly the reshaped rear lamp

The shoulder of the latest Golf is horizontal – premium makers all but abandoned plunging wedge – which together with a flat roof gives the an upright stance, a bright and interior, good rear and a usefully commodious rear The load lip at the tail is marginally than in the five-door, resulting in a for the numberplate up from the bumper to the

Inside, the Estate is standard Golf, which is no bad thing if the layout of the centre console seem a few years behind the

The Golf Estate looks as you’d expect — a bloody long Golf.

The wheelbase of the Golf Estate is the as the hatch, and at 2,635mm is about longer than the previous Overall, the new Estate is 4,562mm about 28mm longer before and 307mm longer the five-door Golf.  All estates the eco BlueMotion model) come a space-saver spare tyre as rather than a useless can of

The bald numbers suggest a car more rear legroom ever before and that seem to be the case, with room for even a tallish limbs. More surprisingly the is substantially bigger than up from 505 litres to 605 litres (or 225 than the latest hatch).

the rear lid and the boot looks big and with no annoying carpeted jutting in from the sides. The aperture is just over a wide and 936mm tall. The floor starts at 1,055mm increases to 1,831mm when the seats are flopped forward, and on models the front seat can be forwards to accept curtain shelving and whatever other of Ikea’s finest might your fancy, up to about 2.6 in length. The release catches for the seats are handily positioned in the

One welcome point is that all (bar the eco BlueMotion model) with a space-saver spare as standard, rather than a can of gloop.

Performance Handling

Broadly the Estate has about a 10 per cent penalty over the equivalent While enough to make a the extra bodywork is thankfully not to feel like a burden. You are of an echoing space behind you on the but it never feels as if the tail start wagging the dog. Not we tried cornering with a machine aboard, mind Our test car felt agile and on the admittedly liquid-smooth roads Amsterdam, where pot hole means something else

The model we tested, fitted a 150PS (148bhp) 2.0-litre TDI and six-speed manual gearbox, positively brawny and eager to Its dash to 62mph can be completed in a 8.9 seconds, or only three slower than the equivalent

As with the shorter car, the suspension design fitted to the Estate depends on the power of the engine. Above 120bhp, a setup allows all four to react to the road independently, slower cars receive a rear end that is only in its movements. Bigger bumps are more likely to unsettle the cars, and you’re most to experience this shortcoming as a feel when cornering at on rough surfaces. Given the most estate cars this may never be an issue.

Our test car had the superior rear feeling decently agile and on the admittedly liquid-smooth roads Amsterdam, where pot hole means something else

Economy Environment

A sub-90g/km version of the Golf Estate is due the end of the year – a first for the model – but for now the economical option is the 1.6-litre It can summon 105PS (104bhp), as low as 102g/km and boasts a combined-cycle of 72.4mpg. This engine, in SE is expected to be the UK’s top seller.

All of the Estate feature fuel-saving Technology, including automatic and an alternator that charges the when the car is slowing down.

Volkswagen Golf Variant III


Trim levels for the match the hatchback, with S, SE and GT available (no word yet on a Estate All models get Bluetooth, a DAB stereo 5.8-inch touchscreen, and manual air Roof rails are also in silver with the GT trim and with the other versions.  the premium for the Estate over the Golf hatchback is a reasonable

Starting prices run from for an 85PS 1.2-litre petrol-powered car in S all the way up to £25,855 for a 150PS 2.0-litred TDI in GT with VW’s excellent dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

the premium for the Estate over the Golf hatchback is a reasonable As with all Volkwagens, the Golf is never cheap but it should its value better than


The hatchback Golf a 5-star Euro NCAP and though the score is not directly to the Estate it does suggest the extended car is unlikely to fold up a deckchair at the first hint of a wall.

As with all Golf seven airbags and ESP are fitted as along with a post-collision system, tyre pressure and electronic traction control. SE and GT get a radar-based cruise control that incorporates City Braking, which can stamp on the if you don’t manage to, preventing at closing speeds up to 18mph.


The Golf Estate quite simply, a Golf a bigger back end. It exactly the same virtues and as the car on which it’s based, it defines the benchmark for cars of class.

While lots of estates of the same size be cheaper, few will feel as designed or carefully built – or project quite the same of unflashy good taste.


Model tested: Volkswagen Estate 2.0 TDI GT

Torque: 320Nm from 1,750 to 3,000rpm


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