VW Golf Estate spied

5 Dec, 2012 12:33pm Damion Smy

The new Volkswagen Golf Estate has been caught testing, ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut

The new VW Golf is growing already – these are the first spy shots of the practical Estate version, scheduled to debut at March’s Geneva Motor Show.

As expected, the Estate will share its front-end styling with the hatchback. But beyond the B-pillar, the stretched roofline and vertical tailgate maximise the Golf’s footprint on the road.

The current Golf Estate is smaller than the equivalent Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra, but if the spacious new MkVII hatch is anything to go by, the 1,495-litre loading space is likely to increase significantly. There will also be a larger opening and lower loading lip to improve access.

The Estate is based on the same MQB platform as the hatch. It’s wider than its predecessor, with a longer wheelbase, and will provide more space for rear passengers.

The range will comprise an entry-level S, mid-spec SE and flagship GT model, while equipment will include Bluetooth and a touchscreen as standard. Engines will range from an 84bhp 1.2-litre petrol through to a 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI.

The Estate is expected to start at a slightly lower price than the current model’s £18,460 when it arrives in showrooms late next year.

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what to hide anyway it will be boring and ugly

Oh shut up, didn't your mum ever teach you "if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all"

What the pics say is that an estate is on the way, and it has a decent volume, without a silly raking rear end. Likely to be a new design, inlike the mk6 clone of the mk5. Personally I thought the mk4 estate quite the smartest well proportioned back end ever (after Felicity Kendall that is). As for those dimwits, whose vocabulary doesn't stretch much beyomd the word boring, don't worry, you'll soon get some life experiance.

Not very good manners to use the expression "shut up" I fear. Actually VW products tend to be more "undistinguished" than "ugly" . Let's hope this one will have higher aspirations.

Could have been much ruder...But was a polite way to get my point across

What point could that be? He merely said he expected a particular motor car "will be boring and ugly". Even I, no member of the VW fan club, thought the "ugly" bit rather OTT but his being described as a "dimwit" and told to "shut up" was ill-mannered. These are only motor cars we are talking about.

You're boring me now. Go watch something on TV that offends you then ring ofcom to complain that you were offended. You're clearly that kind of person.

If you had not been gratuitously offensive to iriribim I would not have joined this particular thread. Please calm down.

I'm perfectly calm. Tis the season to be jolly after all!

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