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

Volkswagen has opened orders for the new Volkswagen Golf Estate, with three trim levels for the standard car and a rugged Alltrack option available from launch.

Prices start at £24,575 for entry-level Life trim, which comes equipped as standard with automatic LED headlights, a colour-coded rear spoiler, 16in alloy wheels, ambient interior lighting and satellite navigation. 

Style trim bumps the price to £26,765, adding extras such as high beam assist, front sports seats, three-zone climate control, lane change assist and 17in alloy wheels. Topping the line-up for now is the performance-inspired R-Line trim, which borrows styling cues from VW's top-rung R cars and features sports suspension, progressive steering, a heated leather steering wheel and a choice of drive modes. 

The jacked-up Alltrack car - priced from £35,560 - comes with four-wheel drive as standard for improved off-road ability and is further marked out from the rest of the range by its bespoke wheel designs, silver roof rails and black plastic side trims. 

A choice of three engines is available. The entry-level 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol (Life trim only) produces 108bhp and is capable of between 47.9mpg and 53.3mpg. The 1.5-litre petrol can be had in either 128bhp or 148bhp forms, and with or without a 48V mild-hybrid system, for consumption of between 45.6mpg and 51.4mpg. 

One diesel option, a 2.0-litre TDI, is available throughout the range with 113bhp or 148bhp and manages between 49.6mpg and 61.4mpg, depending on spec. The Alltrack is available exclusively with the diesel engine but with power bumped to 197bhp for a towing capacity of up to 2000kg braked on a 12% slope. 

Each engine can be paired with a six-speed manual gearbox or a DSG seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

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The load-luggers complement the standard five-door hatchback launched earlier this year and the subsequently revealed 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.

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 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 has a roofline that slope downwards towards the rear in a coupé-like fashion. A steeply raked rear screen and unique tail-light and tailgate designs further mark it out from the hatchback.

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


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catnip 27 November 2020

I think there must be something wrong with you all.

Haven't you read the article?  VW say it "exudes charisma" ...

Peter Cavellini 26 November 2020

 Another stalwart VW, this will sell and sell, to, the repeat buyer.

Antony Riley 26 November 2020

Yawn !  .will V W design ever move on utterly boring looks like a 10 year old design that interior by all accounts ids not universially liked again devoid of any wow factors just screens as though you in Dixons T V dept. Plus looking at current reliability information this aint a reliable brand any more infact best friend has gone from Lexus to a V W ID 3 oh dear had some issues its only 6 weeks old .Local dealers have been to say the least terrible not replying to e mails especially as supposed updates to software is not happening so beware, Can anyone explian why such a boring car is so popular ? Joie de vivre it aint