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New Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI Sportline Estate Review

The new Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI Sportline Estate has the practicality of a Swiss army knife

By Stephen Turvil
Jul 20, 2010
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The new Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI Sportline Estate has the practicality of a Swiss army knife, the robust construction of a medieval castle, and the low running costs of a second-hand skateboard. These characteristics make the Golf Sportline a very appealing family car, particularly for those who want the convenience of a spacious boot.

The VW Golf 2.0 TDI Sportline Estate may be a modestly sized vehicle, but it carries 505-litres of luggage with ease and 1,495-litres if you fold the rear seats flat. Load access is impressive too as the wide opening reveals a storage area free of significant intrusions such as prominent wheel arches. This reliable estate also has a removable privacy blind that conceals the cargo from prying eyes.

The VW Golf 2.0 TDI Sportline Estate's engine produces 138bhp which is enough to propel this load lugging diesel to 62mph in 9.7 seconds. This applies whether you choose the six-speed manual or the DSG automatic transmission. Average fuel consumption is 52.3mpg for the auto but this rises to 57.6mpg for its manually geared sibling. Carbon emissions are 144 and 128g/km respectively, so twelve months road tax costs either £90 or £125.

Complementing the Golf's practicality and fuel efficiency is its excellent handling. There is plenty of traction for confident cornering, the body is nicely controlled, and the steering is pin sharp. The ride, although fairly firm, is also comfortable so this Germanic estate makes a relaxing motorway cruiser. So, whereas the VW Golf 2.0 TDI Sportline Estate is less fashionable than its 'hot hatch' stable mates, it remains a very accomplished driver's car.

Standard Golf Sportline equipment includes front sports seats, a multi-function leather steering wheel, seven air-bags, and cruise control. If you fancy a few optional extras the DVD touch-screen navigation radio system is available for £1,725, and parking sensors cost an additional £420. There is also a rear view parking camera that could be your favourite new gadget for £160.

The new Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI Sportline Estate has a list price of £21,995 - £23,565, but the range as a whole is listed in Motoring.co.uk's database from a bargain basement £13,595.

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By Stephen Turvil
Jul 20, 2010