suited and booted: orders open for volkswagen's new golf estates

Apr 15, 2015

UK order books have opened for Volkswagen’s trio of hot Golf Estates – the Golf R and GTD Estates and the Golf Alltrack – ahead of first deliveries in August.  The R and GTD Estates boast all the attributes of their popular hatchback counterparts, with like for like trims, but bootspace is increased from 380 litres to 605 litres – and up to 1,620 litres when the rear seats are folded flat.  Power outputs range from 110 PS in Alltrack which is available with three engines, through 184 PS in the GTD to 300 PS in the range-topping R model.  The Alltrack and the R Estate also gain 4MOTION four-wheel drive.

Like the Golf R hatch, the Golf R Estate is powered by a 2.0-litre (1,984 cc) four-cylinder turbocharged TSI petrol engine. Maximum power is 300 PS from 5,500 to 6,200 rpm while maximum torque of 380 Nm (280 lbs ft) is available from 1,800 up to 5,500 rpm.  In this new car, standstill to 50 mph takes just 3.8 seconds, and to 62 mph 5.1 seconds; top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.  Style and spec-wise, the Golf R Estate follows all the cues of its hatchback sibling, though the Estate is only available with a six-speed DSG gearbox.

The Golf GTD Estate is, quite simply, a booted version of Volkswagen’s iconic long-distance sports cruiser.  The new estate model has at its heart a 2.0-litre (1,968 cc) common rail TDI engine which produces 184 PS from 3,500 to 4,000 rpm. Maximum torque is 280 Nm (380 lbs ft) from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm.  The benchmark 0 to 62 mph sprint takes 7.9 seconds, with a top speed of 143 mph.  Yet the Golf GTD Estate lives up to its benchmark economy, returning 64.2 mpg on the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of just 115 g/km.  A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, while a six-speed DSG version is available for a premium of £1,415.

The Golf Alltrack follows in the footsteps of the Passat Alltrack which first went on sale in the UK in 2012 and closes the gap between the on- and off-road worlds, both visually and technically.  It features a standard 4MOTION all-wheel drive system, off-road driving profile, higher ground clearance (up to 20 mm), and is styled to match its off-road credentials with flared wheelarches and side sills for added protection, as well as newly designed bumpers.  Three engines are available for UK customers and all are familiar from the Golf range. These comprise a 1.6-litre TDI 110 PS (iteration of engine used in Golf BlueMotion), 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS and 2.0-litre TDI 184 PS (available with DSG gearbox only).

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