Used Volkswagen Golf Estate (1999 - 2005) Review

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 23 Sep 2014
4
Buyers love the Golf hatchback, but the estate didn't take off in the same way. In fact, it's quite rare.
Volkswagen Golf Estate (99-05)
Quality, unrivalled interior, comfort, safety
Passenger space, Passat is a better estate for similar money

New price range:

£11,795 - £20,210

Used price range:

£300 - £1,962

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

Buyers love the Golf hatchback, but the estate didn't take off in the same way. In fact, it's quite rare. It's as luxurious, as well built and as refined as the hatch, but it seems new buyers preferred an Astra or Focus for increased load area. As a result, it's a bit cheaper to pick up than the hatchback, but still pricier than most small estates. Fuel economy is reasonable on petrol-engined cars, but the diesel cars are excellent, especially the latest generation 'PD' high pressure injection engines - these give enjoyable brisk performance combined with 50+ mpg.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

3 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

3.5 out of 5

Equipment

3 out of 5

What owners say...

 Spacious, comfortable and incredibly economical - much better than the published figures. It average at least 50 mpg for mixed driving despite it being an automatic.  

4 out of 5

Ian Cherry ,   28 Jun 2015    ... read more

 Superb acceleration, even when towing a trailer tent, excellent luggage capacity and economy of fuel - I still do 60-64 mpg on long runs.  

4 out of 5

David Rands ,   27 Oct 2014    ... read more

 SIZE! I can get everything in. I can easily fit 5 people and all their luggage for a week long camping holiday (tents too). I can move in and out of Uni and still have space for a passenger and i can...  

4 out of 5

George Fielding ,   31 Jul 2013    ... read more

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