The new Golf Estate is open for orders in the U.K. starting today with prices starting at just £17,915 (S$34,494) - only £765 (S$1,472) more than the equivalent Golf hatchback. Like the multi-award winning Golf hatchback, the Golf Estate is available in S, SE and GT trim levels, decked out with the same high levels of equipment, refinement and safety.
The Golf Estateís cargo area has been expanded from the 505 litres of its predecessor to 605 litres - compared to the measly 380 litres in the Golf hatchback.
The boot space can be expanded to a more generous 1,620 litres with the rear-seat backrests folded remotely via a release in the boot.
Making the most of the load space is a standard multi-level cargo floor, which ensures a flat load area, and offers space to store items out of sight, while a roller-blind load space cover with net partition keeps items secure, and can also be stored under the boot floor when not needed.
If the cargo area isnít big enough, standard equipment on all Golf Estates include roof rails (black on S and SE, anodised silver on GT), with a towing capacity up to 1.6 tonnes (for a braked trailer, up to 12 percent incline).
Four petrol engines are available under the hood starting with a 1.2-litre TSI capable of 83bhp with five-speed manual gearbox or a 1.2-litre TSI capable of 103bhp. Also available - is a 1.4-litre TSI with 120bhp and a 1.4-litre TSI ACT with 138bhp with cylinder deactivation. All power units are equipped with either six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearboxes.
Three oil burners are also available starting with the 1.6-litre TDI capable of 88bhp with five-speed manual gearbox, a 1.6-litre TDI bundled to a five-speed manual capable or seven-speed DSG which is good for 103bhp. Also available is a 2.0-litre TDI with 147bhp on the taps bundles to wither a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG.
All Golf Mk VII models feature BlueMotion Technology comprising a Stop/Start system and battery regeneration. For the first time the Golf Estate will also be available as a full
BlueMotion model with modifications including revised aerodynamics.
The BlueMotion will use a 1.6-litre diesel engine producing 108bhp, and is equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. On paper it is claimed to achieve a combined fuel consumption of just 36.3km/h while emitting 87g/km of CO2
For amenities, all models are equipped with Bluetooth, DAB digital radio with 5.8-inch colour touchscreen, iPod connector, seven airbags, XDS electronic differential and an automatic post-collision braking system.
SE models gain ADC automatic distance control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking, 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic lights and wipers and a Pre-Crash preventive occupant protection system among others.
GT trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension, 65 percent tinted rear windows, Discover navigation system, electrically folding door mirrors and parking sensors, among other items.
Like the Golf hatchback, the new Golf Estate is based on the MQB platform that uses new production techniques which help make the new model up to 105kg lighter than its predecessor, and also allows greater access to new technologies (for safety, comfort and convenience).
The Golf Estate will go on sale before the end of the year.
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