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

Everything you need to know about the width, length, height, and boot size of the Volkswagen Golf Estate

Matt Rigby
Oct 20, 2021

The Volkswagen Golf Estate pulls off quite a trick. It’s neither especially flashy, nor especially bland, and its price point makes it significantly cheaper than estates with more upmarket badges but more expensive than mainstream family estates from the likes of Ford, Peugeot and Kia.

It has a classless quality to it, as well, that means it will be as at home in front of a stately home as it will on a driveway in a new-build suburban housing estate, feeling like a high-quality but low-key machine.

If you’re after a medium-size family estate, other models you might want to consider include the Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla Touring Sports - which have smaller boots - and the Skoda Octavia Estate and Peugeot 308 SW - which have larger boots.

If you’re looking at estate cars with a more upmarket feel, then the Audi A4 Avant, Mercedes C-Class Estate and BMW 3 Series Touring and even the Volvo V60 are worth a look, but they’re all more expensive and have smaller boots.

Volkswagen Golf Estates are available on BuyaCar from £0 per month with PCP finance.


Volkswagen Golf Estate dimensions

The Volkswagen Golf Estate is around 40 centimetres longer than the hatchback body style, at 4.6 metres. Most of this is in extra bodywork behind the rear wheels, so although rear passenger space is actually slightly greater than in the hatchback Golf, most of the extra room is given to boot space.

The previous Golf Estate was slightly smaller than this, but only by a few centimetres, so not enough to make a practical difference when you’re out on the road. And at a little less than1.5 metres tall and 1.8 metres wide (or 2.07m with mirrors), it’s almost identical to similar rivals like the Ford Focus Estate and Kia Ceed SW.

In general, the Golf Estate strikes a good balance between being spacious enough to comfortably accommodate people and luggage without being too large for standard parking spaces.

Volkswagen Golf Estate4,633mm1,789mm1,455mm

Volkswagen Golf Estate boot space

If you choose a VW Golf Estate you’ll get a car with a boot capacity of 611 litres with the rear seats in place. That’s a little more than you’ll find in the older version of the Golf Estate, which had 605 litres of space. It’s also significantly larger than the 374 litres available in the current hatchback.

In terms of rivals, the Golf beats the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports’ 598 litres and the Ford Focus Estate which offers 575 litres. The Kia Ceed SW, meanwhile, can accommodate 625 litres of luggage and the Skoda Octavia Estate 640 litres. The Peugeot 308 SW has them all beaten, however, with 660 litres of space, although this comes at the expense of rear-seat legroom.

It’s worth mentioning as well that four-wheel-drive estate models don’t sacrifice any boot space to accommodate the extra mechanical parts - which is not always the case with cars like this, with the addition of four-wheel-drive often reducing the depth of the boot.

Boot spaceSeats upSeats down
Volkswagen Golf Estate611 litres1,642 litres


Volkswagen Golf Estate towing capacity

Although larger cars and SUVs are a more common choice for those with towing in mind, the Golf Estate can make a decent occasional tow car. Depending on which model you have, the Golf Estate can haul from 1,500kg, while the four-wheel-drive Alltrack, with its 200hp diesel engine, is rated at 2,000kg.

Do remember, though, that it is not recommended to tow anything that weighs more than your car’s kerb weight, so the weight of the car is likely to be a bigger limiting factor than its official towing rating.

For more hardcore towing duties with a VW, going for the Tiguan SUV or the larger Touareg or Amarok pick-up could be a wise move, as these are more weighty and capable tow cars.

Volkswagen Golf Estate weight

The kerb weight of a car lets you know how heavy it’s likely to be in everyday use. This takes into account all the fluids in the engine, a tank of fuel and an extra 75kg, which reflects the weight of a driver.

The weight for any range of cars will vary depending on the spec of any particular model. Four-wheel-drive systems and automatic gearboxes add weight, for example, as does the battery pack required for a plug-in hybrid car. In general, the heavier a car is, the less nimble it will feel around corners and the more fuel it will use, but this can be offset to some extent with different suspension settings and more powerful engines.

In the case of the VW Golf, the kerb weight is between 1,255 and 1,465kg, although the hybrid models weigh up to 1,624kg. This is typical for this class of car.

Volkswagen Golf Estate1,255kg - 1,465kg



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