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Length increase makes latest-generation estate roomier; high-riding Alltrack 4x4 also renewed
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9 September 2020

Volkswagen has again extended its Mk8 Golf range, this time with the unveiling of new Estate and Alltrack variants.

The load-luggers, set to go on sale in the UK early in 2021, complement the standard five-door hatchback launched earlier this year and the subsequently detailed GTI, GTD and GTE hot hatches.

Key to the new Golf Estate’s practical appeal is an increase in size: at 4.63m long, it’s 66mm longer than the Mk7 Golf wagon, although rivals such as the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer are longer still. Its width and height are similar to its predecessor’s, however.

The new-found length is all concentrated in the wheelbase, affording a 38mm increase in maximum rear leg room. The boot is larger than before, too, although by just six litres with the rear seats in place (up to 611 litres) and 22 litres with them folded flat (up to 1642 litres).

The boot itself features the usual bag hooks and (optional on certain trims) 12V and 230V power sockets, while an electrically extending tow hook is available. Furthermore, the optional electric bootlid can be opened with a swipe of a foot underneath the rear bumper.

Volkswagen claims the exterior design “exudes charisma”. Identical to the hatchback from the front up to the B-pillars, the Estate’s roofline slopes downwards towards the rear in a coupé-like fashion. A steeply raked rear screen, plus unique tail-light and tailgate designs, further mark it out from the hatchback.

The Alltrack sticks closely to the ruggedly styled exterior of the previous version. Again aimed at bridging the gap between a classic estate and an SUV, it brings increased ground clearance, lower plastic body cladding, bespoke bumpers and unique interior trims.

Volkswagen hasn’t detailed UK-specific engine options for the Alltrack but claims it can tow up to 2000kg braked on a 12% slope. It fits its 4Motion four-wheel drive as standard.


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Elsewhere, the Estate’s range of three-cylinder and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines will mirror that of the Mk8 hatchback. That means 48V mild-hybrid tech in the eTSI variants and twin-dosing selective catalytic reduction (SCR) to result in what the brand claims are the “world’s cleanest turbodiesel engines”.

It remains unclear which performance powertrains will be offered as a wagon. Previously, only the GTD and R were offered in long-booted form, but it’s likely that Volkswagen will wish to leverage the reduced CO2 emissions of the GTE plug-in hybrid and bring that set-up to the Estate.

Further UK-specific details will be revealed in due course.


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9 September 2020

Aside from the side-profile, this estate is pretty meugh. It makes me feel nauseous. A bit like elevator muzak, muesli or Anthea Turner. After finishing the project, did the designers say "great job guys - we hit that one out of the park!" ? Or, more likely, enter a perod of disappointment, self-reflection and existential crisis?

9 September 2020

without the badge, it would be impossible to say if this was a Skoda, a SEAT or a VW, what happened to VW design.. 

9 September 2020

Yet another car model that I have had and really like , but the new incarnation is bigger and no longer fits comfortably into the garage. Looks like I'll have to find a run out model of the previous version. I just hope they hadn't cheapened all of the fittings like had happened to me before. 

9 September 2020

 To all purposes it looks like a smaller VW Passat!

9 September 2020
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 To all purposes it looks like a smaller VW Passat!

just not as well resolved imo

10 September 2020

My mk7 Golf GTD estate is about to go back.  Has been a good car, but I always thought that looking at the rear, it looked too narrow.  Given that the mk8 is longer still and no wider, I suspect the proportions won’t look great. 

Side profile looks pretty much identical, but then you’ve got those ugly headlights to contend with, plus the less user friendly climate control, volume control etc.  I’ll give it a miss...

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