The new generation Golf Estate has been unveiled and this time a BlueMotion version will be available. This is good news for drivers who want the practicality of an estate but with class leading economy, as there are few ‘eco’-estates on offer.
Petrol engines will include a 1.4-litre 122 PS model, combining good performance and economy thanks to Volkswagen’s TSI technology which uses turbocharging in combination with a small capacity engine.
There will be a new 1.6-litre TDI common rail unit producing 105 PS, while a 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS tops the engine range.
The front end is predictably based on the styling of the new Golf Mk VI, and although Volkswagen says the rear end of the estate has been restyled, we think that VW’s designers just couldn’t be bothered to do a decent job at the rear, particularly with the light clusters, which don’t seem to fit in with the overall style of the Golf design.
Inside there are dashboard improvements adopted from the Golf Mk VI, upgraded trim materials and a new range of upholstery.
Like the existing model the new Golf Estate will be available in S, SE and Sportline trims, with standard specification including air conditioning, a CD player, multi-function computer, electric windows and mirrors, and body-coloured bumpers, mirrors and door handles.
The Golf Estate will also have a comprehensive array of safety features including ABS, ESP, driver and front passenger’s whiplash-optimised head restraints and six airbags including a deactivation switch for front passenger airbag.
However the new Golf Estate won’t be here until early 2010, although UK retailers will begin taking orders in October this year. Full pricing and specification details will be announced in due course.
The new Golf Estate will be the fourth generation of the model. The original Golf Estate was launched in 1993 – since then over 1.2 million examples have been produced worldwide.