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The Volkswagen Golf Estate is a spacious family car that is well made and equipped with the latest technology. It's a fantastic estate chosen by many drivers after a practical leasing option.
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If you're after a practical leasing option, the new Volkswagen Golf Estate is the ideal car with plenty of space and Golf hatchback styling and technology. The Golf Estate boasts a dynamic new design with its deeply lowered front and LED headlights that extend along the car's sides.
Inside, the Golf Estate has a perfect blend of makes every effort to meet your needs in terms of both space and digital equipment. All passengers can ride in comfort thanks to the generous amount of headroom and loads of room for feet under the front seats.
As for boot space, the Volkswagen Golf Estate offers a 611-litre boot, which expands to 1,642 litres with all rear seats down. There are also numerous storage areas dotted around the cabin. Compared to its rivals, the boot space is smaller than the Skoda Octavia Estate's boot, but there's more than enough room for most drivers.
The interior quality is one of the VW Golf Estate's best features, giving premium quality at a mainstream price. The interior is simply laid out, meaning all the technology is easy to operate, but the touchscreen infotainment system can be a bit fiddley.
The Golf Estate comes with a 10.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that's mounted high up, so you don't have to look too far from the road to use it. The screen display is clear and has many practical standard features, such as wireless phone charging, built-in sat-nav, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration.
Five trim levels are available: Life, Style, R-Line, Alltrack and R.
Life models come with 16" Norfolk alloy wheels, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain sensor, Car2X intelligent vehicle networking and Interior Ambient lighting with 10 colour options. It also adds Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and decorative inserts 'Nature Cross Brushed' in the dash and front door panels.
Style models come with 17" Belmont alloy wheels, Air Care Climatronic` (3-zone) with rear air conditioning control panel and Interior Ambient lighting with 30 colour options. It also adds carpet mats, front and rear, 'Art Velours' seat centre, LED 'Plus' headlamps and decorative inserts in `Brushed dark metal` in the dash and front door panels.
R-Line models add 17" Valencia Grey metallic alloy wheels, R-Line body-coloured bumpers, Sports seats in front and Rear tinted glass from B-pillar backwards.
Alltrack models come with 17" 'Ronda' alloy wheels, rear tinted glass from B-pillar backwards, LED 'Plus' headlamps, Air Care Climatronic (3-zone) with rear air conditioning control panel, Ambient lighting, exterior illuminated styling elements in door handle recesses and front grille, Leather-wrapped, heated, multi-function steering wheel with shift paddles.
R models come with 18" Jerez Black diamond turned alloy wheels, R' styling pack, uniquely shaped front and rear bumpers and side sills. It also comes with 4Motion all wheel drive, LED Matrix headlamps with LED dynamic cornering light and dynamic turn signal and a Navigation system 'Discover Media' incl. Streaming & Internet.
Volkswagen offers the Golf Estate a massive range of engine options.
The 1.5 TSI 150hp petrol engine is one of the best engines, providing plenty of raw and enough mid-range enthusiasm to get the car around while the trunk is fully loaded. All the petrol engines are eTSI meaning they have 48-volt mild-hybrid electrical assistance, which adds a tiny bit of background assistance to the petrol engine.
There are two diesel engine options. The 2.0 TDI 115 makes for a calm drive but isn't any faster than the 1.0 TSI 110. However, the more powerful 2.0 TDI 150 does feel more punchy and is the best option if you'll be towing or covering big miles with people and luggage on board.
The Golf Estate is great to drive and doesn't compromise comfort. It's very similar to the Golf Hatchback in handling, so you can still enjoy the balance between ride and handling without compromising space or practicality.
Overall, the Volkswagen Golf Estate is one of the best mid-size estates on the market and is an excellent leasing option. Of course, there are cheaper rivals, but few can match Volkswagen's overall capabilities and sense of quality.
Prices for the new Volkswagen Golf Estate start from £26,985.00 OTR* or to lease from £237.65 per month.
Do you have questions about leasing a Volkswagen Golf Estate? Nationwide Vehicle Contracts are one of the best car leasing providers in the UK. Our car leasing deals include a manufacturer's warranty, breakdown insurance, inclusive road tax and free delivery to the UK's mainland (exclusions apply).
Additionally, due to set monthly payments, variable mileage, a low initial rental, and changeable contract lengths, leasing a Volkswagen Golf Estate may be less expensive than buying one outright.
*'On the road' price is correct at the time of publication and includes one year's road fund licence, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Prices are subject to change. Always check with your nearest retailer.