09 - January - 2014
The Volkswagen Golf Estate has won the award for the ‘Best Estate Car’ at the What Car? Awards. The accolade was presented last night at a prestigious event held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London and collected by Robert Hazelwood, Director of Volkswagen UK. The latest Golf Estate has proved a big hit with customers since its launch last June. Commenting on the award, Chas Hallett, What Car? editor-in-chief, said: ‘The Volkswagen Golf Estate packs all of the virtues of the Golf hatchback into an even more practical body. It offers class-leading ride and refinement, is great to drive and comes packed with practical touches that owners will love. Low running costs and strong residuals make it sensational to own.’ Prices for the Golf Estate start at just £18,175 on the road – only £745 more than the equivalent five-door Golf hatchback. Three trim levels are available – S (including BlueMotion), SE and GT. All Golf Estates include Bluetooth, a DAB digital radio with 5.8-inch colour touchscreen, iPod connector, seven airbags, XDS electronic differential and an automatic post-collision braking system. What Car?’s choice was the mid-level Golf Estate 1.6-litre TDI SE, which gains adaptive cruise control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear map-reading lights, automatic lights and wipers, a Driver Alert System, driver profile selection, and the Pre-Crash preventive occupant protection system. The GT model adds 17-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension, tinted rear windows, Discover navigation system, electrically folding door mirrors and parking sensors, among other items. All UK Golf Estates (except BlueMotion) come with a spare wheel and tyre. The Golf Estate’s load volume is a useful 605 litres with the rear seats in place, versus the 380 litres of the Golf hatchback. The rear-seat backrests can be folded almost flat via a release in the boot to expand the load area – with them down, the Golf Estate can accommodate an impressive 1,620 litres. With a payload capacity of 600-611 kg (depending on engine), and a load space up to 1,831 mm long and a minimum of 1,003 mm wide, the Golf Estate is exceptionally versatile. An adjustable boot floor ensures a flat load area and offers somewhere to store items out of sight, while a roller-blind cover keeps items secure, and can be stored under the boot floor when not needed. All Golf Estates include roof rails, while the towing capacity is up to 1,600 kg (braked, 12 per cent incline). Four petrol engines are available: a 1.2-litre TSI 85 PS with five-speed manual gearbox, plus a 1.2-litre TSI 105 PS, a 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS and a 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS, all with either six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearboxes. The three diesel engines are a 1.6-litre TDI 90 PS with a five-speed manual gearbox, a 1.6-litre TDI 105 PS with five-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox, a 1.6-litre TDI 110 PS BlueMotion with six-speed manual and a 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS with either six-speed manual or six-speed DSG gearbox. All Golf Mk VII models feature BlueMotion Technology Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems. The Awards 2014 issue of What Car? magazine is available to purchase now, or see the full results online at www.whatcar.com/awards.