Volkswagen Golf Estate (2013-2020): dimensions and boot space

Want to know how big the 2013-2020 VW Golf Estate is? Here's everything you need to know about its width, length, height and boot size

Matt Rigby
Oct 20, 2021

The VW Golf is a popular car because it manages to feel like both a high-quality, upmarket product and one that’s focused on sensible, pragmatic functionality. It’s a trait that’s at its most noticeable in the estate version.

This version of the Golf Estate is classy-looking inside and out, yet effortlessly practical, and it’s noticeably less expensive than estates with a grander badge but more upmarket (albeit a little more expensive) than mainstream family estates from the likes of Ford, Peugeot and Kia.

If you’re after a medium estate, other models you might want to consider include the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer - which have smaller boots - and the Kia Ceed Sportswagon and Peugeot 308 SW - which offer more room in the boot.

If you’re looking to get the most desirable estate car, then the Audi A4 Avant, Mercedes C-Class Estate and BMW 3 Series Touring or even the Volvo V60 are worth a look, but they’re all more expensive and all have smaller boots.

You can find this version of the Volkswagen Golf Estate (which was sold new from 2013 to 2020) on BuyaCar from £0 per month with PCP finance.


Volkswagen Golf Estate dimensions

The VW Golf Estate measures in at just over 4.5 metres long, making it around 30 centimetres longer than the hatchback version of the same car. The vast majority of that extra length is found in the rear bodywork, behind the rear wheels.

Combine this with the more upright tailgate and this gives you an impressively large boot area. However, because the extra space is all situated behind the rear wheels, there’s no more space for rear passengers than you’ll find in the regular Golf hatchback - although that’s still spacious enough by the standards of this sort of car.

In terms of the other dimensions, the Golf Estate is just under 1.5 metres tall and 1.8 metres wide (or 2.03m if you count the door mirrors), which is practically identical to rivals such as the Ford Focus Estate, Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer and Kia Ceed SW.

Take all that into account and this version of the Golf Estate strikes a good balance between being spacious enough to comfortably accommodate people and plenty of luggage without being too big for standard parking spaces.

VW Golf Estate4,562mm1,799mm1,481mm

Volkswagen Golf Estate boot space

There’s 605 litres of boot space with the Golf Estate, which means that the Golf has more boot space than the Ford Focus Estate. Post-2018 Ford Focuses have 575 litres, but pre-2018 versions only manage 476 litres of space), though the Ford is more fun to drive in exchange.

Both the Kia Ceed Sportswagon and Peugeot 308 SW have larger boots, although the Peugeot’s 660 litres of boot space comes at the expense of rear legroom, so the Golf Estate is a more sensible overall choice if you're after maximum space for both luggage and passengers.

The Skoda Octavia Estate, meanwhile, offers just a little more boot space than the Golf (610 litres), but a lot more room for rear-seat passengers, so it is even more practical. Fold the rear seats down in the Golf Estate and you’ll get 1620 litres of space, which is impressive, but some way off the 1,740 litres available when you drop the rear seats in a Skoda Octavia Estate.

One thing to bear in mind with the Golf Estate is that you don’t lose any boot space with four-wheel-drive estate models in making room for the extra mechanical parts needed to drive the rear wheels; that is often not the case with cars like this.

Boot spaceSeats upSeats down
VW Golf Estate605 litres1,620 litres


Volkswagen Golf Estate towing capacity

Although larger cars and SUVs are a more common choice for towing as they are typically heavier themselves and less able to be overpowered by a heavy load, Golf Estates can make a decent occasional tow car. Depending on the version, the Golf Estate can haul from 1,100kg up to 2,000kg for the four-wheel-drive Alltrack. Do consider, though, that it is not recommended to tow anything that weighs more than your car’s kerb weight, as this can unsettle the car at higher speeds and in strong winds.

The Golf R Estate isn’t capable of towing at all, due to the format of its exhausts and the shape of the rear bumper. For more hardcore towing duties, therefore, going for a VW Tiguan SUV or even the larger Touareg might make more sense.

Volkswagen Golf Estate weight

The kerb weight of a car signifies how heavy it is in everyday usage. As a result, this figure takes into account all the fluids in the engine, a tank of fuel and an extra 75kg, which represents the weight of a driver.

The precise weights for any range of cars will vary depending on the specification of particular models. Tech like four-wheel-drive and automatic gearboxes add to the weight, for example, as do the batteries and electric motors required for a plug-in hybrid car.

In general, the more a car weighs, the less nimble it will feel when cornering and the more fuel it will consume, though this can be offset somewhat by the way the suspension is set up and factors such as the gearing and engine setup.

In the case of this version of the VW Golf Estate, the kerb weight ranges between 1,285kg (for a 1.0-litre petrol model) and 1,584kg (for Alltrack cars).

VW Golf Estate1,285kg - 1,584kg



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