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VW Golf Estate

The VW Golf Estate is undoubtedly a quality and well-made family car that's not only practical but cheap to run too. However, it's not the cheapest estate car to buy and it doesn't offer the best drive for its class.

The interior is particularly impressive and made from high quality materials to be durable and practical and while the Golf Estate is more expensive than most rivals, there is still a feeling of money well spent. It's also smaller in size but it offers a good compromise with the practicality performance of the hatchback and the spaciousness of an estate.

There's a decent list of standard equipment including a touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity and DAB radio. Other models come with alloy wheels, parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, satnav and various design tweaks to the interior. There's also smart phone compatibility which is a growing trend among carmakers today. Among the safety kit is a driver's drowsiness alert system which is useful and it will also alert the driver when they need a break.

As usual, Volkswagen offers a wide range of engines but there are essentially three diesel and four petrol units to choose from that have outputs ranging from 84 bhp to 148 bhp. Of the line-up, the 1.4 litre turbocharged petrol unit producing 123 bhp offers a decent blend of performance and low running costs and will return 54 mpg with emissions of 123g/km.

Of the diesels, the 1.6 litre unit producing 109 bhp will return 73 mpg and has emissions of 102g/km. There's also the VW Golf Estate Match BlueMotion Edition which is highly recommended since it has a new trim and more features for the money. Equipment for this model includes alloy wheels, parking sensors, heated seats and satnav as well as a BlueMotion engine to lower running costs. The 1.0 litre TSI engine producing 115 bhp will return an impressive 63 mpg on the combined cycle which makes for an ideal choice for those who drive mainly around towns.

The VW Golf Estate also has lots of safety equipment including stability and traction control as well as anti-lock brakes, lots of airbags, a tyre pressure warning system and a brake pad wear indicator. The car is great to drive on a variety of road surfaces thanks to its optional dynamic chassis control system and it is particularly comfortable on long journeys.

Essentially, the VW Golf Estate makes for a sound choice for those wanting the extra space and practicality but still retain the agility, good looks and solid build quality found in its hatchback sibling.
VW Golf Estate
Performance 80%
Reliability 80%
Equipment 80%
Safety 80%
Quality 80%
Overall Score 80%
The VW Golf Estate is the bigger sibling to the highly rated hatchback and it's a versatile and practical choice. Good road manners, plenty of space and cheap to run - the Golf Estate is sound choice.