New VW Golf Estate
The Volkswagen Golf Estate is not|
expected to be released in Australia
10th June, 2009
In the sixth generation of the world best-seller, after the 3-door
and 5-door Golfs and the latest Golf Plus, this is the fourth body version to be launched. The estate is one of
the most successful models on the European market, particularly in the company car market. The extensive redesign
of this Estate should ensure that the all-around talent further extends its position as a business estate car and
as a first car for families as well. The new Golf Estate for the German market features ESP, six airbags, daytime
running lights, roof railing, power windows all around, upshift indicator, power and heated outside mirrors, 1/3
to 2/3 split folding rear bench seat and seatback, central locking with RF remote control, climate control and
up to 1,495 litres of cargo capacity.
The front end of the Golf Estate was completely redesigned. Its visual appearance follows today’s Volkswagen
"Design DNA". From now its appearance is defined by clear horizontal lines and bold headlight styling. The car’s
engine line-up was adopted directly from the Golf 3-door and 5-door models. In the interior, the high-end
instruments of the current Golf set the tone. In Europe, the first deliveries the new Golf estate will take place
Features and engines
At its market launch – in parallel to advance sales that are now starting – the successful Estate (more than
95,000 new vehicle registrations in 2008) will be offered in the three equipment versions Trendline, Comfortline
and Highline. The latter replaces the previous Sportline version as the top equipment line. Engines available for
selection when advance sales begin are a TSI (boosted petrol direct-injection engine) with 90 kW and two very
quiet common rail turbo-diesels (77 kW and 103 kW). Other engines will follow in stages: two Multipoint engines
(59 kW and 75 kW) and another TSI petrol engine (118 kW). All six engines comply with the new Euro-5 emissions
Exterior details of the new Golf Estate
In front, the new Golf Estate can be recognised by its new bumper, radiator grille and engine bonnet styling
and its modified guards and headlights, which were all adapted 1:1 from the estate’s 3-door and 5-door
counterparts. In contrast to the previous model, the front-end design is no longer defined by a chrome radiator
grille, rather by a black, horizontally layout of the grille and front bumper painted in the car colour. In the
lower area, the Estate has an additional large air inlet too. Starting with the mid-level equipment version
(Comfortline), chrome inserts are integrated in the radiator grille and the lower air inlet. In the top
Highline version, this also applies to the frames for the front fog lights with new static turning light
function that are a standard feature here.
At the rear, the independent design of the previous model has been upgraded in the new generation by
modified, more elegant taillights and bumpers fully painted in car colour in the lower area. From now on, TDI
and TSI versions can also be recognised by their tailpipes, which are no longer covered by the bumper. In
addition, Volkswagen developed a new wheel line-up for the new Golf Estate.
Interior details of the new Golf Estate
At the time of its European presentation last year, the sixth generation Golf received excellent marks,
especially for its high-end quality. In the interior, it was especially in the styling of the gauges that the
Golf crossed boundaries to the next higher class and still does. The same gauges and instruments, including a
standard multifunctional display and upshift indicator, are now being used in the new Golf Estate too. Also,
adopted from the Golf was the new generation of three-spoke steering wheels, which celebrated their debut in
the Passat CC.
In this context, controls for the new Golf climate control system were integrated in the Golf Estate as
well. Volkswagen also adapted its line of different seat covers (Trendline: "Roxy"; Comfortline: "Scout";
Highline: Alcantara/fabric "Merlin") to the entire model series. The same applies to features ranging from
the radio and navigation systems up to the interfaces for MP3 players and Bluetooth mobile telephones. Two
driver assistance systems are also available as options for the first time in the Golf Estate: "ParkAssist"
(automatic parking assistant) and "Rear Assist" (rearview camera). Another feature being offered is the
panorama sunroof that is popular among many European VW Golf Estate buyers.
Euro-5 engines of the new Golf Estate in detail
Volkswagen is launching the new Golf Estate on the market with four petrol and two diesel engine options;
they all meet the limits of the new Euro-5 standard. The two most powerful petrol engines (TSI) and the two
turbo-diesels (TDI) may be ordered with an optional automatic DSG dual-clutch transmission.
Entirely new to the Golf Estate’s engine line-up is the 105 PS common rail TDI. Like the larger 2.0-litre
TDI, the 1.6-litre four cylinder is also characterised by noticeably comfortable noise levels, low emissions
(119 g/km CO2) and an extremely low average fuel consumption (4.5 litres per hundred kilometres). Compared
to the previous model of the same power, fuel consumption was reduced by 0.7 litre.
The 2.0 TDI was adopted from the previous generation of the Golf Estate; it also has a highly advanced
common rail direct injection system. The 140 PS strong and 210 km/h fast Golf Estate 2.0 TDI consumes 5.0
litre (132 g/km CO2), which is impressively low considering its power. The TDI engines may be ordered
together with any of the three equipment versions.
With this engine line-up, the new Golf Estate is one of the most economical and cleanest estate cars in