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Volkswagen releases new Golf Estate models

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Volkswagen has opened order books for its latest new Golf Estate models – the rapid four-wheel drive R, the powerful but economical GTD and the all-terrain Alltrack – ahead of the first deliveries of these models in August.

The performance-focused R and GTD versions have been designed to offer a very similar driving experience to their potent hatchback counterparts, but with a healthy dose of added practicality. Bootspace in these estate models swells from 380 litres in the hatchback to a substantial 605 litres. Flipping the rear seats flat, meanwhile, boosts the total space available to 1,620 litres.

Thanks to a heavily tuned 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, which produces a meaty 296bhp, and a standard-fit ‘DSG’ twin-clutch automatic gearbox, the R Estate can sprint to 62mph in a rapid 5.1 seconds, while being capable of more than 40mpg according to official figures. The GTD meanwhile takes 7.9 seconds to complete the benchmark acceleration test, with impressive claimed fuel economy of 64.2mpg in manual form and annual car tax bills of just £30. A six-speed DSG automatic gearbox is also available.

The Alltrack, however, offers added off-road ability over its siblings, with 20mm increased ride height and the addition of four-wheel drive on all models. Three engines are available – 2.0-litre diesels with 109bhp, 148bhp and 182bhp on tap – which all return between 55mpg and 60mpg official fuel economy.

Prices for the new models stand at £26,790 to £30,595 for the four-wheel drive Alltrack versions, £28,285 to £29,700 for the diesel GTD and £33,585 for the Golf R Estate. 

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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