New 2015 VW Golf Estate

Order books have opened for Volkswagen’s Golf Estates – the Golf R and GTD Estates and the Golf All-track – ahead of first deliveries due in August.  The R and GTD Estates boast all the attributes of their popular hatchback counterparts, with like for like trims, but bootspace is increased from 380 litres to 605 litres – and up to 1,620 litres when the rear seats are folded flat.  Power outputs range from 110 PS in Alltrack which is available with three engines, through 184 PS in the GTD to 300 PS in the range-topping R model.  The Alltrack and the R Estate also gain 4MOTION four-wheel drive.

Ten key facts about the new versions of the Golf Estate:

1. Volkswagen is further extending the worldwide successful Golf Estate range upwards with the "Alltrack", "R" and "GTD" versions.

2. "Alltrack": passenger car and SUV in one – the new Golf Alltrack brings together the on- and off-road worlds, both technically and visually.

3. "Alltrack": off-road driving profile, 4MOTION four-wheel drive as standard and 20 mm additional ground clearance perfect the vehicle's characteristics on unpaved trails.

4. "Alltrack": engines produce 81 kW / 110 PS (TDI), 110 kW / 150 PS (TDI), 132 kW / 180 PS (TSI) and 135 kW / 184 PS (TDI)

5. "GTD Estate": top speed of up to 231 km/h, yet consuming a mere 4.4 l/100 km with a 6-speed manual gearbox

6. "GTD Estate": engine develops 135 kW / 184 PS of power and an impressive 380 Nm of torque

7. "GTD Estate": bi-xenon headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, "Composition Touch" radio system and automatic climate control come as standard

8. "R Estate": 300 PS four-wheel drive Estate will be a top-class sports car among compact estate cars

9. "R Estate": most powerful Golf Estate accelerates to 80 km/h in 3.8 seconds and reaches 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds Golf Alltrack / Golf R Estate / Golf GTD Estate Volkswagen / Málaga 2015 3

10. "R Estate": all-round vehicle with top speed of 250 km/h features 6-speed DSG with coasting function that executes automatic gear changes as standard equipment

Like the Golf R hatch, the Golf R Estate is powered by a 2.0-litre (1,984 cc) four-cylinder turbocharged TSI petrol engine. Maximum power is 300 PS from 5,500 to 6,200 rpm while maximum torque of 380 Nm (280 lbs ft) is available from 1,800 up to 5,500 rpm.  In this new car, standstill to 50 mph takes just 3.8 seconds, and to 62 mph 5.1 seconds; top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.  Style and spec-wise, the Golf R Estate follows all the cues of its hatchback sibling, though the Estate is only available with a six-speed DSG gearbox.

The Golf GTD Estate is, quite simply, a booted version of Volkswagen’s iconic long-distance sports cruiser.  The new estate model has at its heart a 2.0-litre (1,968 cc) common rail TDI engine which produces 184 PS from 3,500 to 4,000 rpm. Maximum torque is 280 Nm (380 lbs ft) from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm.  The benchmark 0 to 62 mph sprint takes 7.9 seconds, with a top speed of 143 mph.  Yet the Golf GTD Estate lives up to its benchmark economy, returning 64.2 mpg on the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of just 115 g/km.  A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, while a six-speed DSG version is available for a premium of £1,415.

The Golf Alltrack follows in the footsteps of the Passat Alltrack which first went on sale in the UK in 2012 and closes the gap between the on- and off-road worlds, both visually and technically.  It features a standard 4MOTION all-wheel drive system, off-road driving profile, higher ground clearance (up to 20 mm), and is styled to match its off-road credentials with flared wheelarches and side sills for added protection, as well as newly designed bumpers.  Three engines are available for UK customers and all are familiar from the Golf range. These comprise a 1.6-litre TDI 110 PS (iteration of engine used in Golf BlueMotion), 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS and 2.0-litre TDI 184 PS (available with DSG gearbox only).