Ten Second Review
Volkswagen Golf Estate Lease Review - When you think Golf, chances are you don’t think estate as well. And yet, Volkswagen’s desire to expand their award winning franchise knows no bounds and this is both available and recommendable. Cheap and practical, this is also an easy estate to drive and a comfortable one to ride in, with only a few minor downsides that can be largely overlooked.
The range of turbocharged engines include the entry level 1.2 petrols, both which give enough but little else, and a couple of 1.4 litre petrols that provide plenty of pulling power with 121bhp and 138hp respectively. Most buyers will probably be tempted by the 1.6 diesel, which is economical, free to tax and flexible with 103bhp, while its 148bhp is stronger and bellies the size of the Estate. As expected the drive is geared toward comfort, with excellent soft suspension that soaks up the road while the weighty steering is something of a treat in this larger model, making this a solid drive and a good all-rounder.
Inside the all-important cabin you get the same style as a normal Golf hatchback but with plenty of additional room for that bench seat in the back, meaning five six foot adults can now sit throughout the vehicle. The clever touches come with the cubby holes, this car comes equipped with bag hooks in the impressively sized boot (which has an adjustable floor as in the hatch), underfloor storage spaces and spring-loaded back seats that will fold completely flat for even more room. Combine that with a clever boot cover that retracts halfway and can be removed completely, and you get a kind of estate practicality plus in this car.
All models come with Bluetooth, DAB and air conditioning, while the SE trim provides some smart in-cabin storage options alongside alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control and automatic lights/wipers. Gt versions come equipped with all manner of parking sensors and satellite navigation at cost, while the Bluemotion models make up for their increased costs with some clever economy features. In short, while you don’t expect a Golf Estate you can certainly get a good one, and with decent economy and perfect practicality this is a serious contender in the market.