In a nutshell:
- Golf Estate launches with new design based on the eighth generation Golf.
- Efficient drives and comprehensive standard features including numerous comfort and assist systems.
- New version is now 66 mm longer, legroom in the rear has been significantly enhanced and luggage compartment volume increased.
- New Golf Alltrack featuring 4Motion all-wheel drive and customised equipment with off-road look also making its debut.
- Prices yet to be announced.
There’s also a new Golf Alltrack on the way, too, which features quirky off-road styling and four-wheel-drive, in a similar vein to the Audi A4 Allroad.
And the Golf Estate hasn’t just grown, it’s also now more sophisticated than ever, too, with a raft of ‘digitalisation’ improvements as well as a super-efficient new mild-hybrid powertrain.
As VW says itself, the Golf Estate really could be the ‘perfect family car’.
When it comes to the exterior, the styling has been tweaked to become more ‘clear-cut and dynamic’, with a coupé-type, angled rear window and a sportier stance.
The wheelbase has increased by 66mm, to 2,686 mm, on previous incarnations, which means a flatter, more elongated look.
Inside the cabin, the interior space has expanded by 48mm to 1,798mm, which means legroom is noticeably better, especially in the rear.
Meanwhile the boot has also been on the steroids, inflating by 6 litres compared with the outgoing Golf 7 Estate, with the maximum capacity now standing at 611 litres.
That’s roomy indeed, particularly when you consider the Audi A4 Avant estate has a considerably smaller 495 litre boot size.
There’s an electrically operated rear boot lid as an optional extra, which operates when you wave your foot beneath a rear sensor.
And when it comes to power, VW is unveiling a brand new ‘eTSI’ mild-hybrid system which features a 48 V belt-driven starter-alternator, 48 V lithium-ion battery and a TSI engine, all married to a 7-speed DSG gearbox.
It enables the Estate to turn off the turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine whenever possible to coast along without generating any local emissions.
A range of other engines are also available, including a TDI ‘twin dosing’ mill, with dual AdBlue injection and two Selective Catalytic Reduction converters, which help to cut down nitrogen oxide emissions.
And when it comes to trim levels, there are also mild revisions.
Above the base ‘Golf’, there will now be a ‘Life’, ‘Style’ and ‘R-Line’.
Even in basic spec you’ll get Lane Assist lane departure warning system, Front Assist with City Emergency Braking System and Pedestrian Monitoring, the new oncoming vehicle braking when turning function, XDS electronic differential lock, the Car2X traffic hazard alert, the keyless comfort start system Keyless Start and automatic lighting control.
And standard for the interior is a digital cockpit, infotainment system with 8.25 inch touchscreen, VW’s connection services, as well as an automatic air conditioner and a Bluetooth telephone interface.
Separate to the Golf Estate, but part of the same family, is the new Golf Alltrack - a car first unveiled back in 2015.
It’s a sort of cross-over between an estate and an SUV, and the Alltrack features permanent all-wheel drive as standard, increased ground clearance, an all- terrain look including specific bumpers and a custom interior.
Volkswagen’s Jürgen Stackmann comments: “As a compact, spacious model, the Golf Estate has already impressed more than 3 million customers since its debut in 1993."
“The latest generation inspires with its beautiful design and, with the most advanced cockpit in its segment, takes a giant step towards digitalisation."
In addition, it scores high marks with efficient drives, maximum safety and significantly more space – the perfect family car. And those who are looking for something more sporty will love the new Golf Alltrack.
As a crossover between the Golf Estate and an SUV, it offers the perfect combination of space, innovation and fun even off paved roads thanks to its all-wheel drive.“
More details are due to be announced when the car officially goes on sale.
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