2021 Volkswagen Golf Estate: prices, specifications and performance

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
Oct 22, 2020

The latest addition to the Volkswagen Golf range is here, as the new Volkswagen Golf Estate is set to go on sale in late 2020. The Golf Estate 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.

While full information on prices and specifications hasn't been released yet, Volkswagen has revealed some details on what we can expect from the new Golf Estate. 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 diesel and one mild-hybrid petrol engine have been 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
  • Prices yet to be confirmed
  • On sale in late 2020

2021 Volkswagen Golf Estate dimensions

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

Volkswagen has confirmed the order book for the new Golf Estate will open in late 2020. Prices will be revealed closer to launch, though it will likely be more expensive than the regular Golf hatchback. Expect prices for the Volkswagen Golf Estate to begin at around £25,000.

The Golf Estate Alltrack version will likely have a base price around the £30,000 mark. As always, for those after the best value option, used models should start to appear a month or two after the launch and offer a more affordable way into the new Golf Estate.


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