Model/Engine size: S BlueMotion Technology 1.6 TDI
Fuel economy combined: 67.3 mpg
If you are looking for a refined mid-sized estate that can officially achieve nearly 70 mpg then look no further than the Volkswagen Golf Estate S 1.6 TDI with BlueMotion Technology
The Golf has been the cornerstone of Volkswagen’s success for generations. Over the years there have been brilliant Golfs and some not so great ones, but the brand has gone from strength to strength. The latest iteration is designed to build on the successes and put the faults to bed, so is it the best yet?
The latest Golf oozes quality. The biggest complaint levelled at the previous version was that the interior quality wasn’t up to scratch. Volkswagen has remedied this with a new dashboard. The Golf has returned to form and there is even some fun to be had behind the wheel.
However you should be aware that the Golf Estate is based on the chassis of the previous generation Golf hatchback rather than the latest ‘Mark 6’ version. This is a shame because the latest Golf hatch is an excellent car, and the Estate doesn’t feel quite up to that standard.
But it still combines good handling with a comfortable ride, and it feels stable and secure. It is also quiet at speed.
However as well as being good to drive, it’s also very efficient. Volkswagen has done a great job of rolling out its BlueMotion range with some great results. Just a couple of years ago Volkswagen was lagging behind the pack but now the company produces some of the most efficient cars in their class. To get the Golf estate down to 109 g/km is impressive and proves that you can combine practicality with efficiency.
The BlueMotion Technology badging means that the car has some elements of the BlueMotion eco engineering, but not all.
Just because the BlueMotion achieves great fuel efficiency doesn’t mean that you need to sacrifice on load space. If offers exactly the same 505 litres of boot space as the standard Estate model (compared to 350 litres for the hatch) which increases to 1495 litres with the seats down.
Volkswagen has played on the fact that the Golf is seen as dependable and reliable over many years of advertising, and there is no evidence to suggest that they’re wrong about this.
The most affordable Golf is the entry-level S trim version, although mid-range SE spec would be the preference of most people.
There are other Golf Estate model variants. The 1.6-litre TDI without BlueMotion Technology is still an economical car. If you want more power then there is the 138bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel.
We like the Golf hatchback; the Estate version offers the same plus points such as refinement and sensible running costs in what is still a compact car, but it gives you that extra amount of space if you’re struggling with the boot capacity of the hatch. It’s just a shame that the Estate isn’t based on the very latest Mark 6 Golf hatch chassis.
The Golf now has the quality that we expect, it looks good and offers genuine practicality. What comes as more of a surprise is that the Golf now boasts excellent fuel consumption, it’s fun to drive and really isn’t that expensive. If you want a mid-size estate, the VW Golf is the pick of the bunch.
Fuel economy extra urban: 78.5 mpg
Fuel economy urban: 54.3 mpg
CO2 emissions: 109 g/km
Green rating: VED band B – first year £0
Weight: 1452 Kg
Company car tax liability (2010/11): 13%
Price: £18,785 (From £17,190 to £23,580)
Insurance group: 8
Power: 104 bhp
Max speed: 118 mph
0-62 mph: 11.9 seconds
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