What is it?
Probably one of the country’s most recognisable cars. However, here in estate form the Golf almost blends into the background, its distinctive hatchback shape gone in deference to this more practical wagon.
Not only is this estate practical, but it’s also incredibly economical, given that it’s the full-on BlueMotion version. Volkswagen calls all of its eco models ‘BlueMotion’, putting them through a rigorous process of engineering nips, tucks and tricks to maximise fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions.
Such measures include cutting the weight of the running gear by 26kg, a masked front grille and longer gear ratios. This standalone BlueMotion model is in addition to the BlueMotion Technology modifications that are standard on all Golfs. The estate model sports pretty similar figures to the standard hatchback, though. Claimed economy is slightly down on the estate compared to the hatch (85.6mpg versus 88.3mpg), which is no doubt down to weight and the fact that the estate shape is not as aerodynamically slippery as the hatchback.