2021 Volkswagen Golf Estate: prices, specifications and boot size

If the standard Golf hatchback isn’t spacious enough for you, then VW has you covered with the new big-booted Golf Estate version

James Allen
Aug 9, 2021

The latest addition to the Volkswagen Golf range is here: the Volkswagen Golf Estate is set to go on sale in late 2020. It may look the same as the hatchback at the front, but it's around the back that the estate stands out, with plenty of added space for luggage, pets or whatever else you need to carry around.

As expected, the big differences between the two Golf versions can be found in the boot. At 611 litres, the Golf Estate’s luggage capacity is 60% greater than the 381 litres you’ll find in the standard Golf hatchback, and can be expanded to 1,642 litres when you fold the rear seats down. The load lip is also completely flush with the boot floor, which will make it easier to slide any large and/or heavy items in and out.

Volkswagen says there’s more to the new Golf Estate than just a bigger boot, though. As it’s also a bit longer than the Golf hatchback, there should be a little more room inside for passengers. It will also be the only Golf variant available in an Alltrack form that’s more suited to light off-roading duties - though we imagine most drivers will be more interested in the Golf Estate Alltrack’s raised ride height and substantial claimed maximum towing capacity of up to 2,000kg.

The three trim levels on the Golf hatchback - the entry-level ‘Life’, the mid-range ‘Style’ and the top-tier ‘R-Line’ - will be offered on the estate model, and standard equipment will include a range of digital dials in the place of traditional instruments and safety kit like autonomous emergency braking. Two diesels and one mild hybrid petrol engine were confirmed for launch, too.

Quick facts

  • Up to 1,642 litres of luggage space
  • Diesel and mild hybrid petrol engines
  • All-wheel drive Alltrack version available
  • Towing capacity up to 2,000kg
  • Priced from £24,575
  • On sale in late 2020

2021 Volkswagen Golf Estate boot space

While the new Volkswagen Golf Estate shares lots of its design with the standard Golf, that doesn’t mean it’s simply just the regular hatch with a boxier boot. The Golf Estate is actually 237mm longer than the hatchback, with Volkswagen claiming almost all of that extra length has been used to increase interior space.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, most of that new space has gone towards making the boot as big as possible. With the rear seats in place, the Golf Estate offers 611 litres of luggage space, which is pretty good for a car of this size. Fold the rear seats down, and that increases to 1,642 litres, which puts the Golf Estate on par with rivals like the Ford Focus Estate (1,620 litres), the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer (1,630 litres) and the Hyundai i30 Tourer (1,650 litres).

Other than the bigger boot and the marginally increased room for passengers, most of the Volkswagen Golf Estate’s interior is pretty much identical to the hatchback version. This is especially the case up front, as the Golf Estate’s dashboard layout, digital instrument display and 10-inch touchscreen media system on the centre console have been carried over wholesale from the standard Golf.

2021 Volkswagen Golf Estate engines

Full details on the new Golf Estate’s engine range will be revealed closer to launch, though Volkswagen has released some snippets of info on the engines that are coming. A minimum of two diesel engines will be offered in the Golf Estate, as well as a mild hybrid petrol set-up that uses a motor-generator unit to reduce fuel consumption by assisting the engine under acceleration.

The Golf Estate’s two diesel options will almost certainly be versions of the standard Golf hatchback’s 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, with 115hp or 150hp depending on which variant you choose. It’s likely the mild-hybrid petrol will have a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine, and Volkswagen has already confirmed it will only be available on the Golf Estate with a seven-speed automatic gearbox.

2021 Volkswagen Golf Estate Alltrack

Just like the previous generation version, this latest Golf Estate won’t just be available as a conventional estate. Volkswagen will also be offering an SUV-inspired Alltrack version, which is designed to be a bit be better suited to the occasional off-road excursion.

This is partly due to the all-wheel drive system that comes as standard on the Golf Estate Alltrack, as well as the extra ground clearance from its raised ride height. While that’s certainly handy, it’s likely that Golf Estate Alltrack owners will likely make more use of the car’s maximum towing capacity of up to 2,000kg - though we don’t yet know how that compares to the standard Golf Estate, as Volkswagen hasn’t announced towing figures for that model yet.

2021 Volkswagen Golf Estate prices

Order books for the latest version of the Golf Estate opened in November 2020, with prices starting for the Life model equipped with a 110hp 1.0-litre petrol engine. This is the only trim level available with the lower-powered 110hp petrol engine, both with and without mild hybrid assistance. It's also available with 130hp and 150hp versions of the 1.5-litre petrol engine (again, with or without mild hybrid assistance), and a 115hp 2.0-litre diesel.

Mid-spec Style starts at £26,765 with the 130hp 1.5-litre petrol engine (a £1,590 premium over the equivalent Life). It's also available with a more powerful 150hp 2.0-litre diesel.

Top-of-the-range R-Line is only available with 150hp versions of the 1.5-litre petrol engine and 2.0-litre diesel engine, with prices starting at £28,075.

The Golf Alltrack gets a special 200hp 2.0-litre diesel engine, a slick automatic gearbox and four-wheel-drive, so you can expect to pay a premium. £35,560, in fact. 

While it hasn't been on sale for long, there are already 38 used examples with pricing starting from £20,990, or £304 per month. 

 

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