The popular car now in its 8th generation has been considerably improved by Volkswagen, comes with plenty of comfort and safety features and a range of engine options.

The Estate version of the Popular VW Golf has arrived in the British Isles, the car has been considerably improved from every angle, be it the equipment list or the space and comfort on offer. There are three trim levels on sale, the base which is called the Life, mid trim named Style and the performance oriented version, the R-line. The AllTrack version also makes it return in the Golf Estate line-up which adds more ground clearance, four-wheel drive and a more rugged capability. The estate version of the Golf takes on some loaded competitors from BMW and Volvo.

The Estate is offered with a number of engines starting from the 1L with 110PS, 1.5L  TSI with 130PS, 1.5L TSI with 150PS, 2L TDI with 115PS and 2L TDI with 150PS all of which have been mated to the standard 6-speed manual gearbox.. Hybrid units include the 1.5L eTSI with 130PS and 150PS power which come with the 7-speed DSG gearbox. The Golf Alltrack comes with a 2L TDI with 200PS of power and 4Motion AWD technology which is the highest of the lot. The Alltrack can sprint to a hundred in 7.1s while the base engine does it in 10.5 seconds.

The new estate is bigger than the model it replaces, 4,633mm long ( 349mm more with a 66mm increase to the wheelbase). The bigger car lets the engineers create more space inside the cabin for five passengers, the legroom has been improved and the boot is now 611L (up by six litres) and with the second row split the space increase to a massive 1642L. Physically the estate is just an elongated version of the Golf hatch, with the new sharper design with the LED strip in the front grille, similar to the outgoing model the rear has the sloping windsor and the elongated door with the signature golf tail lights.

On the inside, the Estate matches the standard car, with leather wrapped interiors, ambient lighting, 10in touch infotainment system which comes with a six-speaker setup amongst others.

The Active info Display Digital Cockpit Pro system adds a 10.25in screen to the instrument panel, which has customisation options for various functional screen setups. The Style trim comes equipped with better interior and comfort, and rides on 17in wheels and has front sports seats. This trim also has three-zone climate control.

The car also comes loaded with Safety features for the occupants. The features include Front assist, adaptive cruise control, Lane Assist, parking sensors, Side Assist, Traffic Jam Assist and Lane Change assist amongst others. The Golf Estate R-Line variant comes with unique 17in wheels, body colored bumpers, tinted glass, R-line door and side panels, R-steering wheel. The driving dynamic here is improved with the sports tuned suspension and the Drive Profile Selection along with the progressive steering. The top trim called the Alltrack is the sturdiest of the lot and comes with black-plastic cladding around the body. A 4Motion AWD system is added to the car which makes tackling unpaved terrain easy, while improving grip and stability while carrying loads in bad weather conditions. It rides on Unique 17in alloys and has the honeycomb fog light cluster design, which marks it out as the top trim of the car.

“The Golf Estate is bigger, more advanced and more refined while retaining those traditional Volkswagen values of safety, practically and comfort.” stated Lisa Hartley, product manager at VW UK. The new golf starts at 24,575 Pounds(INR 24L)  while the range topping Alltrack is priced at 35,560 Pounds ( INR 35L).

Golf Estate
SpecificationPriceCO2 (WLTP, g/km)MPG (WLTP, combined)
Life 1.0 TSI 110 PS 6-spd Man£24,575125-13547.9-51.4
Life 1.0 eTSI 110 PS 7-spd DSG£26,465120-13049.6-53.3
Life 1.5 TSI 130 PS 6-spd Man£25,175124-13447.9-51.4
Life 1.5 eTSI 130 PS 7-spd DSG£27,065126-13547.9-50.4
Life 1.5 TSI 150 PS 6-spd Man£25,775129-14045.6-49.6
Life 1.5 eTSI 150 PS 7-spd DSG£27,665129-13846.3-49.6
Life 2.0 TDI 115 PS 6-spd Man£26,175120-12857.6-61.4
    
Style 1.5 TSI 130 PS 6-spd Man£26,765127-13347.9-50.4
Style 1.5 eTSI 130 PS 7-spd DSG£28,655129-13447.9-49.6
Style 1.5 TSI 150 PS 6-spd Man£27,405132-13946.3-48.7
Style 1.5 eTSI 150 PS 7-spd DSG£29,295132-13846.3-48.7
Style 2.0 TDI 115 PS 6-spd Man£27,765123-12957.6-60.1
Style 2.0 TDI 150 PS 6-spd Man£28,965121-12758.9-61.4
Style 2.0 TDI 150 PS 7-spd DSG£30,465124-13056.5-60.1
    
R-Line 1.5 TSI 150 PS 6-spd Man£28,075133-14045.6-47.9
R-Line 1.5 eTSI 150 PS 7-spd DSG£29,965133-13747.1-48.7
R-Line 2.0 TDI 150 PS 6-spd Man£29,635122-12658.9-61.4
R-Line 2.0 TDI 150 PS 7-spd DSG£31,135124-13056.5-60.1
Golf Alltrack
2.0 TDI 200 PS 7-spd DSG 4MOTION£35,560148-15149.6-49.6
Anagh Bhaskar

Anagh Bhaskar

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