The new Golf estate is a lot bigger than the Golf hatch – it’s 307mm lengthier. It’s also 28mm lengthier than its direct predecessor. This ensures more space and comfort inside, both for front seat passengers and rear seat occupants.
The boot space is not the biggest in its class, but the differences are marginal; the Golf estate’s boot offers 605-litres worth of space, while the rival Octavia offers just 5-litres more. Not really a deal breaker. The boot floor is adjustable, which enhances practicality and versatility, while the rear seats are easy to put down to extend space.
One of the reasons why you might overlook this estate in favour of the hatch is that hatches tend to be better looking and adorned in more quality. But VW have hatched all their eggs at the same time here, and have spent a lot of money on giving this estate a top quality, premium feel indoors.
The rear end is no longer awkward, entrance is easy, and the cabin is flawless. Everything looks and feels as though it was composed of classy, upmarket materials, while the dash is as user-friendly as they come.
Safety Systems Are More Than Just A Bonus
If you opt for the base-level S model, you will miss out on some of the safety features that make this estate stand out from the competition. You will still get some safety features, but the useful active safety ones will be missing.
That said, the rest of the lineup shares the same active safety features that you’ll find in the hatch. Buyers of any trim get automatic post-crash braking systems, while the GT and SE throw in city emergency braking and front assist. You’ll also get radar-guided cruise control, which adjusts your speed automatically so that you never get too close to the vehicle directly ahead of you.