VW gives loads something to get excited about

At last, Volkswagen Golf estates you don't need to make an excuse for coveting

LOADS TO GET EXCITED ABOUT: It's probably a sign of advancing middle age but here in Drive we find ourselves drawn to a nice estate car in much the same way Pudsey bear can't stay away from giant cardboard cheques.

Volkswagen has been flogging Golf estates for years, but they've never been particularly desirable.

Until now, that is. You can now order a Golf estate in sporty GTD and jacked-up Alltrack flavours, though the one you'll really want is the Porsche-slaying four-wheel-drive 296bhp R model.

All Golf estates get their bootspace increased to 605 litres from the hatch's 380 litres, with up to 1,620 litres available when the rear seats are folded flat. Whatever you look at it, that's a lot of boot.

Equipment levels on the GTD and R shadow their hatchback equivalents, while the Alltrack is estate-only. It gets four-wheel-drive, ground clearance superior to the regular estate by 20mm, flared wheel arches, beefier side sills and new bumpers.

The new estates can be ordered now, with first deliveries expected in Northern Ireland in August.

GTD estate prices start at £28,285, with an R - which could just be the new 'all the car you'll ever need' champion - weighing in at £33,585. Alltracks cost between £26,790 and £30,595.


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