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New Volkswagen Golf Estate S 1.2 TSI

The Volkswagen Golf Estate S 1.2 TSI has an attitude problem.

By Stephen Turvil
Jan 16, 2012
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The Volkswagen Golf Estate S 1.2 TSI has an attitude problem. And quite right too. This workhorse has fantastic handling, rock-solid build, and a comfortable ride. Yes, just like the hatchback. The problem - as far as the estate is concerned - is that its sibling receives most of the praise and attention. The hatchback is the machine people crave, after all, and it is considered far more stylish and fashionable. That is unfair, as the estate shares its brother's strengths – and builds on them. Its boot is far more spacious, for starters. Cargo capacity is 505-litres, increasing to 1,495-litres with the rear seats folded flat. I reckon the estate is also better looking and feels more mature. Less kids' racer; more family favourite.

The VW Golf Estate S 1.2 TSI sends 105PS through six-speed manual transmission to the front wheels. The result is 0 to 62mph in 11.3 seconds. Furthermore, this sulking estate averages 48.7mpg and – as its emissions are 136g/km - can be taxed for £115. These figures are fairly impressive considering this is the entry-level petrol model. So, it is time for this estate to step-out from the hatchback's shadow. It should hold its head (or wing mirrors) high and be comfortable in its own skin. It is, after all, an easy to live with and practical mile-muncher. The Golf S is also fantastic value for money. It only costs £17,960.

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By Stephen Turvil
Jan 16, 2012