Volkswagen Golf Estate and Alltrack revealed

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Volkswagen has expanded the line-up for its Mk8 Golf with new Estate and Alltrack models.

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Revealed following the hot hatch versions of the Golf, the Estate arrives early 2021 and brings increased space and the new digital cockpit from the hatch while new styling makes it look more coupe-like.

The wheelbase is 66mm longer than the previous model, with the extra length predominantly used for interior space, particularly benefiting rear legroom. Boot space is also up though and stands at 611 litres with the seats up – six litres more than before – while maximum volume is up 22 litres to 1,642 litres. It also offers the option of an electrically operated rear boot, which can also be opened using a foot waggle under the rear bumper.

In line with the Golf 8 hatchback, the UK trim structure for the new Golf Estate will consist of Life, Style and R-Line; there will be no entry-level ‘Golf’ trim as seen in mainland Europe. Standard equipment will include a 10-inch screen, instead of the 8.25-inch version offered in Germany, while Travel Assist will also be included across the range.

In mainland Europe, Volkswagen has reconfigured the Golf Estate’s equipment matrix: above the basic ‘Golf’ version, there will now be the ‘Life’, ‘Style’ and ‘R-Line’ equipment lines. Standard features include a Lane Assist lane departure warning system, Front Assist with City Emergency Braking System and Pedestrian Monitoring, the new oncoming vehicle braking when turning function, XDS electronic differential lock, the Car2X traffic hazard alert, the keyless comfort start system Keyless Start and automatic lighting control.

Always as standard in the vehicle interior: Digital Cockpit Pro (digital instruments), Composition online infotainment system with 8.25-inch touchscreen, We Connect and We Connect Plus online services and functions, a multifunction steering wheel, Air Care Climatronic automatic air conditioner and a Bluetooth telephone interface.

Full engine details are to be announced but will carry over the petrol and diesel variants seen in the Golf hatch. This includes eTSI mild hybrid petrols, said to bring significantly lower consumption and featuring a seven-speed DSG as standard. TDI diesels ‘twin dosing’ dual AdBlue injection featuring two SCR catalytic converters (Selective Catalytic Reduction). VW says it significantly cuts nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx) and will put the TDIs among some of the world’s cleanest and most efficient diesel engines in the world.

Volkswagen also revealed the Golf Alltrack, positioned as a crossover between the Golf Estate and an SUV and firmly focused on off-road looks and practicality. It features permanent all-wheel drive  as standard, increased ground clearance and a custom interior. It also brings a maximum trailer weight of 2,000 kg. Onboard tech is carried over from the Golf Estate and brings the digitalised cockpit, optional assist systems, such as Travel Assist (assisted driving up to 210km/h) and the new IQ.Light LED matrix headlights.

Full specification and pricing will be announced when orders open later this year.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.