Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Volkswagen Golf Estate 1.6 TDI SE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Volkswagen Golf Estate 1.6 TDI SE

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Byline: John Murdoch

IT may not be the most exciting car to look at but no one can argue about the success of the Volkswagen Golf.

Since it first made its debut 40 years ago over 30 million have been sold and every generation gets better but is still immediately recognisable as a Golf.

The seventh version which arrive1d last year has already won dozens of awards and the estate car version which was launched last summer has just been named Best Estate Car at the recent What Car? Awards.

It has proved to be a big hit with customers thanks to its overall quality and practical package.

Prices for the Golf Estate start at just PS18,175 on the road - only PS745 more than the equivalent five-door Golf hatchback.

Three trim levels are available - S (including BlueMotion), SE and GT. All Golf Estates include Bluetooth, a DAB digital radio with 5.8-inch colour touchscreen, iPod connector, seven airbags, XDS electronic differential and an automatic post-collision braking system.

I have been sampling one of the most popular choices - the mid-level Golf Estate 1.6-litre TDI SE, which gains adaptive cruise control with Front Assist and City Emergency braking, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear map-reading lights, automatic lights and wipers, a Driver Alert System, driver profile selection, and the Pre-cCrash preventive occupant protection system.

The GT model adds 17-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension, tinted rear windows, Discover navigation system, electrically folding door mirrors and parking sensors, among other items. All UK Golf Estates (except BlueMotion) come with a spare wheel and tyre.

The Golf Estate's load volume is a useful 605 litres Price: PS21,475 ? Mechanical: 105ps, 1,598cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving front wheels via 5-speed manual gearbox Max speed: 120mph 0-62mph: 11.2 seconds Combined mpg: 72.4 Insurance group: 11 CO2 emissions: 102g/km BiK rating: 15% Warranty: 3yrs/ 60,000 miles with the rear seats in place, versus the 380 litres of the Golf hatchback. The rear-seat backrests can be folded almost flat via a release in the boot to expand the load area - with them down, the Golf Estate can accommodate an impressive 1,620 litres. …

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