Let’s face it. When it comes to choosing which car to lease we all start looking with our hearts and end up deciding with our heads. It may be tempting when you’re staring at something sleek and powerful but ultimately you’re probably going to decide on something more affordable, more economical, and infinitely more practical.
So you may as well just save some time and lease yourself the brand new VW Golf Estate . It’s as comfortable as the hatchback, it’s as economical as the hatchback, it looks as good as the hatchback, and it’s significantly more practical than the hatchback.
The new Golf Estate is available to order with the usual range of specification and drivetrain configurations split across three new trim levels: Life, Style and R-Line. The new Alltrack version with increased ground clearance, an all-terrain look and 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive also makes its debut at the top of the range.
The new version of the estate is a bit longer than the outgoing model so there’s an upgrade on the interior space this time. The difference is only 349mm but that translates to extra legroom for rear passengers and a larger load space in the boot.
LED lighting as standard on Golf Estate
VW has been generous with the specification too. Even the entry-level Life trim features automatic LED headlamps with separate LED daytime running lights; dynamic headlight range control; LED tail lights; a body-coloured rear spoiler; 16-inch alloy wheels; interior ambient lighting with 10-colour adjustment; leather trimmed gear knob and multifunction steering wheel; Discover Navigation system with 10-inch colour touchscreen; FM and DAB digital radio receiver with six speakers; Bluetooth connectivity; App-Connect and the Volkswagen eCall emergency SOS call service.
That’s the least you’ll be driving away with. Move up through the trim levels and you can add even more goodies to the specification of your new Golf.
In terms of power the new Golf Estate starts with a 1.0-litre petrol engine, fitted with a 6-speed manual transmission that can carry the Golf Estate to 62mph from a standing start in an acceptably spright 10.5 seconds. The same engine is also available as an eTSI 48V mild-hybrid version if you opt for the 7-speed automatic option.
Depending on your preferred trim level there are a few petrol and diesel engines you could opt for. A 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine comes in either 130bhp or 150bhp versions while the 2.0-litre diesel can produce either 115bhp or 150bhp. All four are connected to the manual gearbox. Opting for the automatic gearbox gives you the option of a 1.5-litre mild-hybrid unit, again with either 130 or 150bhp.
The range topping Golf Alltrack is the only one that offers a slightly different option. A 200bhp, 2.0-litre TDI engine with the 7-speed DSG can push from 0 to 62 mph in as little as 7.1 seconds.
At the end of the day we’re talking about a VW Golf though. It’s been tweaked a little, restyled here and there, updated with new engines and trim levels, but underneath it’s still a VW Golf. After more than 40 years at the top of the tree you shouldn’t really need us to tell you that there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be driving one.
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