Volkswagen Golf Estate is rebooted for the next generation

Saturday, 12th September 2020, 10:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 15th September 2020, 12:59 pm

Volkswagen has revealed first official images of its all-new Golf Estate. Set to arrive in UK dealerships before the end of the year, with prices expected to start from around £24,500, the new estate is a significant 35cm longer than its predecessor. The car is identical to the hatchback up to the B-pillars, with the same new front-end and daytime running lights.

Three trim levels — Life, Style and sport-focused R-Line (pictured in red) — will be offered, with the likelihood of the barnstorming Golf R Estate also likely to be added to the range.

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In addition, there will be a more rugged Golf Alltrack (pictured in grey). Available only as a four-wheel drive, it will feature plastic cladding on the bumpers and wheelarches, plus enjoy a raised ride height. VW has yet to release full details of the Alltrack, but it’s expected to be fitted with higher-output engines and have a dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

Now measuring 4,633mm in length, allied to a 66mm longer wheelbase, the estate’s boot capacity is now 611 litres with the rear seats in place, and 1642 litres with them folded. That’s a gain of 22 litres over the Mk7 Golf Estate; and the bootspace comes with fastening rings and load-bay lighting, plus bag hooks, all as standard. A powered tailgate and foot-gesture control are both on the options list.

The fact the stowage space has increased only slightly is due to much of the extra length being used to accommodate a more rakish rear screen. This, in turn, was designed to give the car a more sporty look.

Inside the cabin, you’ll not be surprised to learn it’s identical to that of the hatch. That means there are fewer physical buttons than before, and the heating and ventilation controls have been integrated into a touch-sensitive bar that runs beneath the infotainment screen. The whole range also gets a fully digital instrument panel as standard.

The estate will get the same engine line-up as the hatch. Though the UK line-up has yet to be confirmed, it’s expected the entry-level will be the 109bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol. The successful and adaptable 1.5TSI petrol will be available in several states of tune, including a 48v mild-hybrid version. Expect two diesels, both 2.0TDI but with a choice of 113bhp or 148bhp, to also join the range.