Volkswagen has today unveiled one of the sportiest all-rounders in the compact class: the Golf R Estate. This new car combines the high performance, driveability and comfort of the Golf R hatchback, which was launched in March this year, with the spacious boot of the Golf Estate; this is the first time that the Golf R has been developed in an estate bodystyle. Like its hatchback sibling, the Golf R Estate is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged TSI petrol engine which develops 300 PS from 5,500 to 6,200 rpm. Maximum torque of 380 Nm is available from just 1,800 rpm right up to 5,500 rpm and is channelled via a standard six-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) to the permanent 4MOTION all-wheel drive. Distribution of the power across all four wheels guarantees maximum traction, performance and active safety. Ensuring dynamic performance are sport suspension (lowered by 20 mm), Volkswagen’s innovative progressive steering system and ‘ESC Sport’ mode which can be deactivated for use on a race track if desired. Optional highlights include the newest generation of the DCC adaptive chassis control system with a driving profile selector that features a Race mode. The Golf R Estate’s engine combines with these features to ensure safe but swift performance: standstill to 50 mph takes just 3.8* seconds, and to 62 mph 5.1* seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. Yet on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), the Golf R Estate consumes just 7.0* l/100 km – or 40.4* mpg – equating to CO2 emissions of 163* g/km.