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VOLKSWAGEN: Order books open for new Golf Estate Hero Front

VOLKSWAGEN: Order books open for new Golf Estate

The new Volkswagen Golf Estate is now in showrooms and available to order, with prices starting from £24,575. It features the same hi-tech interior and efficient powertrains as the Mk8 Golf hatchback, but offers a bigger boot than the previous estate.

The new Golf Estate will continue to rival less expensive estate variants of the Skoda Octavia (from £22,210), KIA Ceed (£19,855), SEAT Leon (£22,455), Renault Megan (£22,995) and Vauxhall Astra (£20,110).

There are few surprises in terms of styling; everything in front of the windscreen is carried over from the Golf hatchback, while a sloping roofline and a steeply raked rear windscreen give a sportier look than before. There’s a longer rear overhang and different rear lights to the hatchback, but they look similar to the last Golf Estate.

The new Golf Estate is offered in three main trim levels: Life, Style and R-Line. The range-entry Life model features LED lights, a 10-inch sat nav touchscreen, a configurable digital instrument cluster, lane assist and adaptive cruise control.

Style brings bigger alloy wheels, upgraded headlights, high-beam assist and three-zone air conditioning from £26,765, while R-Line starts at £28,075 and includes a sporty body kit, tinted rear windows, a heated leather steering wheel and sports suspension.

The Golf Estate’s front interior is shared with the hatchback and features two big screens as standard – one for the infotainment and one in front of the driver that replaces analogue dials. Unfortunately, like the new Golf hatchback, nearly all buttons are replaced by touch-sensitive panels with haptic feedback.

The Mk8 Volkswagen Golf Estate will be permanently online and will feature live traffic updates and Volkswagen’s Car2X software. This communicates with other cars equipped with the system and local infrastructure to warn you about local hazards like traffic jams and roadworks. Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity will all be available.

The new Golf Estate is 349mm longer than the car it replaces and the wheelbase has increased by 66mm. Boot size has increased by six litres to 611 and flipping the rear seats down using the boot-mounted levers means there are 1,642 litres to fill (22 more than before).

You’ll be able to choose most of the same engines as you can with the hatchback, including a 1.5-litre petrol engine with 128 or 148bhp and a 2.0-litre diesel with 113 or 148bhp. There will be mild-hybrid (MHEV) technology on all petrol engines with automatic gearboxes, while Volkswagen’s desire to reduce its total emissions output could suggest a Golf Estate plug-in hybrid (PHEV) is in the pipeline too, particularly as rivals such as the KIA Ceed Sportswagon and the Renault Megane Sport Tourer have recently gained PHEV powertrains.

A new Alltrack version is coming, too!

Revealed alongside the new standard Golf Estate range last month was the new Alltrack Estate (grey model pictured). It’s a stand-alone model that offers higher ground clearance, SUV-like body cladding and exclusive interior features. Once again ‘4MOTION’ four-wheel drive comes as standard and the raised ride height will mean the Alltrack will be able to tackle rough trails with less risk of grounding itself.

Like the previous Golf Alltrack, the new model only comes with a strong 2.0-litre 197bhp diesel engine mated to an automatic gearbox. The same engine is deployed in the Golf GTD, so it’s not known whether there’ll be a GTD Estate this time around – which would seem superfluous.

Volkswagen has confirmed that the Golf Alltrack Estate will return almost 50mpg and will be able to tow up 2,000kg. It will sit atop the UK Golf Estate line-up and be priced from £35,560.

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By Wayne Gorrett

Wayne has been covering developments in the UK's automotive sector for over 10 years, providing news, reviews, first-drive impressions and opinion pieces for a number of print and web outlets in the UK and South Africa. A former marketing director, Wayne is based in a rural village near Winchester, Hampshire. You can follow him on Twitter: @WaynesWorldAuto Facebook: WaynesWorldAuto Instagram: WaynesWorldAuto