Most Golf Estates will be sold in the £25,000 to £30,000 bracket and the range is mainly based around 'Life' and 'Style' levels of trim, plus sporty 'R-Line'-spec and the standalone 'Alltrack' variant at the top of the range. This model shares virtually all its engineering with two close rivals - estate versions of the SEAT Leon and the Skoda Octavia. Obvious competitors from other brands include estate versions of the Ford Focus, the Vauxhall Astra, the Peugeot 308, the Renault Megane, the Hyundai i30, the Kia Ceed, the Toyota Corolla and the Fiat Tipo.
Standard equipment across the range includes a 10-inch centre-dash infotainment screen with an operating interface that responds to the command 'Hey Volkswagen', followed by whatever you want to ask. Also standard are the full-LED headlights and the 10.25-inch 'Digital Cockpit' instrument binnacle screen. Entry-level cars run on 16in wheels, but higher levels gain 17-inch rims, plus extra ambient lighting options, chrome exhausts and leather trim options. Across the range, enhanced standard features include a Lane Assist lane departure warning system, a Front Assist with City Emergency Braking System and Pedestrian Monitoring, plus a new oncoming vehicle braking when turning function. Volkswagen also says that this MK8 Golf Estate will be upgradeable, so if required, features like adaptive cruise control, light assist and a wi-fi hotspot can be added and enabled after you bought the car.