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Estate´s another ace for Golf 

THE VW Golf success story goes on and on and it’s not just the hatchback that is tempting buyers.

After my first drive in the seventh-generation Golf last year I wrote here that it was without a doubt the best car in its sector.

Fellow members of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers felt much the same and it was later named Scotland’s Car of the Year for 2013.

That didn’t raise too many eyebrows as VW had already collected European and World car of the year trophies for its top seller and Golf has now been honoured with more than two dozen prestigious awards.

Mention Golf and you immediately think hatchback but the latest model I sampled was one of the estate versions that arrived in the UK last summer.

If you need the extra load space you will pay just £765 more than the equivalent Golf hatchback with prices starting at £17,915.

The rear end loses a bit of its appeal in estate style, but that said, it isn’t too bad looking either.

And buyers looking for a load-lugger in this sector won’t be disappointed with the space.

The load area, up to the back seat backrest, expands from 505 litres in the previous model to 605 litres – a huge increase on the hatchback’s 380 litres.

Rear-seat backrests are folded easily with a release in the boot and this expands the cargo volume to a massive 1,620 litres.

A versatile load space of 1,831mm long and a minimum of 1,003mm wide will accommodate bulky objects on a multi-level cargo floor, with a flat load area and places to store items out of sight as well as a roller-blind load space cover with net partition to secure items.

If there still isn’t enough room, standard equipment on all estate models includes roof rails.

Drivers opting for a Golf Estate will get the same trim levels as hatchback buyers – S, SE and GT – and also the same equipment.

And I don’t reckon they will miss out too much on driving performance.

The test car was an SE 1.6-litre TDI SE priced £21,735 and I felt it handled well – albeit with an empty load area.

The 104bhp engine perfor-med well, producing plenty of oomph when required going up and down a slick five-speed manual gearbox.

All Golfs feature a stop/start system which give this model a potential 72.4mpg combined, 57.6mpg urban and 85.6mpg extra urban – super fuel consumption figures.

So if you’re quite happy with a model that accelerates in a respectable time of 11.2 seconds from zero to 62mph and has a top speed of 120mph you will be well rewarded on economy.

Like previous Golfs, it is well put together, so you are unlikely to hear any squeaks or rattles even on bumpy surfaces on which the suspension coped well.

This was the same trim as the new hatchback model I previously sampled and gave high marks to.

The new Golf has a high standard spec which on entry-level S models includes 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 alloys, rear map-reading lights, automatic lights and wipers, a driver alert system, driver profile selection, and a pre-crash preventive occupant protection system.

GT additions include 17-inch alloys, sports suspension, 65 per cent tinted rear windows, Discover navigation system, electrically folding door mirrors and parking sensors.

It’s almost 40 years since the VW Golf first appeared in dealers in May 1974 – with the 30 millionth Golf sold in June 2013.

Latest generation models will continue the success story and this newly-arrived estate is ideal for Golf lovers needing all that extra load space.