The Volkswagen Golf has lengthy been among the many finest all-round household vehicles which you can purchase, providing loads of consolation, gear and area inside. But in case you want capability for a few bikes or different massive objects, the hatchback model won’t be roomy sufficient.

That’s the place this new Golf Property is available in, as a result of it has an extended and bigger boot than the usual mannequin. In earlier types the Golf Property has been a reasonably easy addition to the vary, basically being a extra spacious possibility with all the identical nice qualities as the conventional Golf hatchback. However has this new model adopted those self same strains? To search out out we’ve lined Volkswagen’s newest mannequin up towards the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports activities, which is certainly one of our favorite household property vehicles. 

The Japanese mannequin provides consumers a mix of consolation, expertise, practicality and robust effectivity regardless of providing a surprisingly partaking driving expertise.

On this take a look at we’re taking a look at a diesel model of the Golf Property with an computerized gearbox, so it goes up towards a petrol-hybrid Corolla. Each estates are economical and needs to be low-cost to run, and the auto gearboxes will go well with commuters as effectively. Let’s discover out which is finest.

Volkswagen Golf Property

Mannequin: Volkswagen Golf Property Fashion 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG
Worth: £30,465
Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl turbodiesel, 148bhp 
0-62mph: 8.8 seconds
Check economic system: 62.3mpg/13.7mpl 
CO2: 124g/km  
Annual highway tax: £150

Our Volkswagen Golf Property 2.0 TDI prices from £30,465 in Fashion trim, together with the DSG dual-clutch computerized gearbox. Our take a look at automotive was fitted with fairly just a few choices, corresponding to 18-inch alloys, a reversing digicam and a sunroof.

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Design & engineering

The Volkswagen Golf Mk8 nonetheless sits on the MQB platform, which is a broadly used structure shared with many different VW Group fashions, together with the Skoda Octavia and Audi A3. The Golf Property makes use of a MacPherson-strut entrance and a multi-link rear suspension structure, which is typical for this sort of automotive. It additionally includes a system known as XDS, which is an digital differential lock that helps enhance traction in corners.

The Golf Property will get the identical visible improve because the Mk8 hatch on the entrance, and as you’d count on with an property, the rear finish is elongated and has extra glass. The wheelbase is longer than the Golf hatchback
as effectively, so there’s much more room inside general.

There’s been an inside overhaul and it’s essentially the most main change over the earlier Golf Property in consequence. The construct high quality is nice and there’s loads of tech, however we’re not satisfied that the supplies inside are any higher and in some locations it feels much less upmarket than the earlier mannequin, which is a disgrace. It has a neater, extra minimalist look than the Toyota, however this new Golf does away with many bodily buttons (see Infotainment on web page 70), so it’s not as user-friendly because the Corolla.

The Fashion mannequin we’re testing right here is fitted with a ten-inch touchscreen show with satellite tv for pc navigation, smartphone connectivity and extra, plus local weather management, ambient lighting, LED lights, keyless begin, microfibre seats and 17-inch alloys.


On our take a look at automotive’s upgraded 18-inch alloy wheels, the Golf Property is usually a cushty household automotive; it settles down properly at velocity, and it offers with sharp actions, like potholes, rather well. Nevertheless, at medium speeds it by no means feels totally settled and isn’t fairly as easy as its rival on this take a look at. The impact is exaggerated in case you’re loaded up, too, though we didn’t get an opportunity to strive the Toyota with a full load to check this instantly.

The seats are comfortable, although, and the sunshine controls – significantly the steering, which can also be devoid of any really feel – imply the VW is good and straightforward to drive, and pretty enjoyable. It’s not nearly as good behind the wheel because the Corolla, but it surely works effectively as an on a regular basis driver.

That’s partly as a result of 2.0-litre diesel engine, which is actually punchy from low within the rev vary. It implies that it doesn’t matter what gear you’re in, you possibly can rapidly stand up to hurry with out having to rev it exhausting. That’s good, as a result of in case you do convey the revs up it’s fairly rattly, as you’d count on from a four-cylinder diesel. It’s removed from intrusive more often than not, although.

With 360Nm of torque, it’s simple to see why it’s such a powerful engine, and it’s sooner than the 1.8-litre hybrid Toyota from 0-62mph. The Golf Property takes 8.8 seconds whereas the Corolla wants 11.1 seconds.

Though the seven-speed DSG gearbox is nice for motorway driving and adjustments gear swiftly and easily when you’re on top of things, it has low-speed driveability points. It’s relatively jerky when pulling away and manoeuvring, and is especially susceptible to getting caught out at junctions. You may pull as much as one whereas slowing down, see it’s clear to go and press the throttle, solely to search out nothing occurs for a second whereas the gearbox catches up. The CVT within the Toyota is far more responsive, as a result of it may well convey the electrical motor in immediately in this sort of scenario.


The Golf Property is way bigger than the conventional Golf by way of boot area; there’s 611 litres with the seats in place, the place the hatchback mannequin solely has 381 litres. The Golf Property is roomier than the Toyota right here, too, as a result of its Japanese rival solely has 581 litres of area. 

Its greater roofline makes additionally the Volkswagen really feel extra spacious inside than the Toyota. There’s sufficient room for adults to take a seat within the rear seats pretty comfortably, though the center seat is relatively tight. That’s the case within the Corolla as effectively.

One key space for some consumers is the towing capability, which is 1,600kg with this model of the Golf. The two.0-litre diesel engine is powerful and it needs to be nice for towing a trailer. It beats the Toyota right here, as a result of the hybrid can solely pull 750kg, lower than half of the Volkswagen’s means.


There’s a number of security gear accessible with the VW, together with lane- maintain help, AEB, blind-spot help and parking sensors all spherical. It’s a bit stingy {that a} reversing digicam isn’t included, since you do get this on the Corolla. The Golf’s five-star Euro NCAP ranking brings peace of thoughts, nevertheless.

Volkswagen completed in a poor Nineteenth place out of 30 producers in our Driver Energy 2020 proprietor satisfaction survey, but Toyota completed in sixth place. This implies that the possession expertise can be higher with the Corolla, which additionally will get an extended five-year guarantee than the Golf’s three-year cowl.

Working prices

The diesel Golf proved to be very environment friendly on our take a look at, as a result of it returned 62.3mpg general. That works out at a gas value of £1,086 for a driver protecting 12,000 miles a yr, beating the Corolla’s annual value of £1,386, which is a results of its 48.8mpg return. A part of this was all the way down to sparse visitors in lockdown, nevertheless, and we might count on the Toyota to be far more economical in visitors or round city. 

That’s not to remove from the Volkswagen’s extremely spectacular effectivity on the motorway, although. Due to a 50-litre gas tank, the Golf’s complete vary is 685 miles, which is actually interesting to these drivers who hate visiting petrol stations.

Testers’ notes

“Our take a look at automotive got here with a cream-coloured inside, however we’d keep away from this feature as a result of any dust is straight away apparent. The microfibre material feels upmarket and cozy to take a seat on, although.”

Toyota Corolla Touring Sports activities

Mannequin: Toyota Corolla Touring Sports activities 1.8 Hybrid Excel
Worth: £30,010
Engine: 1.8-litre 4cyl + e-motor, 120bhp 
0-62mph: 11.1 seconds
Check economic system: 48.8mpg/10.7mpl 
CO2: 103g/km  
Annual highway tax: £140

The Toyota Corolla Touring Sports activities is the property model of this glorious household automotive. It’s solely accessible as a hybrid, which suggests there’s a petroleum engine – right here a 1.8-litre unit – and an electrical motor plus a battery. This model is a high-spec Excel mannequin, which is near the Golf’s worth, at £30,010.

Design & engineering

The Corolla relies on Toyota’s New International Structure platform, which makes use of a classy double-wishbone rear suspension structure that’s key to the mannequin’s comfy and pleasurable highway manners.

Its powertrain is superior as effectively, due to its hybrid structure, though it’s nothing new; Toyota has been utilizing one of these hybrid set-up for many years now. There’s a small electrical motor and battery linked to a naturally aspirated petrol engine through a repeatedly variable transmission (CVT).

This kind of gearbox is turning into extra frequent, however in case you’re new to the time period, it’s a sort of transmission that varies its ratio routinely to offer the most effective response at a given time, and relatively than switching between gears it slides up and down a scale. This implies it tends to set the revs at an optimum stage when accelerating, which might create a droning sound, however the Toyota’s software program settings imply it does this much less steadily than in earlier iterations. It’s not as complicated because it sounds; you simply press the proper pedal to go and the left pedal to cease, precisely the identical as a standard computerized.

The Corolla Touring Sports activities is effectively outfitted, and this Excel mannequin comes with smartphone connectivity, sat-nav, local weather management, parking sensors, keyless begin, a reversing digicam, 17-inch alloys, LED lights and heated seats. It’s higher outfitted than the Golf on the identical cash.

Its inside is on a par with the Volkswagen’s by way of materials high quality, and though the Toyota’s is a busier design to take a look at, it’s additionally simpler to make use of whereas driving as a result of there are extra buttons that enable fast entry to menus on the touchscreen, in addition to for the local weather controls.


The Toyota’s complicated suspension set-up implies that it’s each extra comfy and extra enjoyable to drive than the Golf Property. It’s not completely easy over tough nation roads, however harsh bumps are uncommon and it is vitally settled on the motorway.

It’s acquired exact steering just like the Golf, but it surely’s barely heavier and extra partaking to make use of, and the suspension controls physique roll higher in corners, so you possibly can really feel assured in driving rapidly. It’s no sports activities automotive, neither is it as enjoyable as a Ford Focus Property, however the Toyota is excellent to drive whereas additionally being enjoyable, the latter primarily due to the powertrain.

It’s not quick, with 0-62mph taking 11.1 seconds, and it’s nowhere close to as punchy as the two.0-litre diesel Golf. But as a result of the electrical motor fills in for the naturally aspirated unit, it’s torquey sufficient to stand up to hurry promptly when you’re rolling. 

The CVT transmission sends revs excessive whereas accelerating, however as a result of the engine is effectively insulated from the cabin, it’s not too noisy. Nevertheless, it’s hardly pleasurable, and the seven-speed  computerized gearbox within the Golf Property is extra satisfying to make use of.

But the other is true round city, the place the Golf’s DSG field is irritating and sluggish. In distinction, the electrical motor and CVT mixture within the Toyota may be very enjoyable. It doesn’t need to shift gears as such, which suggests it’s much more responsive, and really quiet when the petrol engine turns off and the Corolla switches to electrical energy.

The Toyota’s lithium-ion battery isn’t very huge, so there’s not a lot electric-only working. It’s nothing like a plug-in hybrid in that respect and it could be unlikely you’d have the ability to do a single journey with out the engine turning on a minimum of as soon as.


There’s loads of storage contained in the Corolla, and it’s a really sensible automotive subsequent to a standard household hatch. It’s outclassed by way of boot area right here by the Golf, although, as a result of it has 581 litres of load bay area with the seats up and 1,606 litres with them folded down. The Golf has 611 or 1,642 litres respectively.

Whereas there’s sufficient area within the rear seats for adults, it feels a bit darker and extra cramped than the Golf as a result of the roofline is decrease. There’s an excellent quantity of legroom within the again, nevertheless.

The Toyota counters with a typical reversing digicam (it’s £300 on the Golf), plus parking sensors and a powered tailgate, so it’s acquired all of the tech you want.


Toyota vehicles have a status for reliability and the automotive maker got here sixth out of 30 manufacturers in our Driver Energy 2020 satisfaction survey, effectively forward of Volkswagen’s Nineteenth-place end. If we have been to wager on the most effective long-term reliability of those vehicles, our cash can be on the Toyota – additionally mirrored in its five-year guarantee.

There’s a number of security package, together with a collision warning, AEB, adaptive cruise, auto excessive beams, lane-departure warning and lane-keep help. Each vehicles earned a five-star Euro NCAP security ranking.

Working prices

Whereas the Golf was extra economical on our take a look at route, the Corolla Touring Sports activities sits within the 25 per cent Profit-in-Form bracket, which suggests standard-rate earners can pay £1,490 a yr in firm automotive tax. The diesel Golf Property sits within the 27 per cent BiK bracket, so the identical earner would pay £1,633 a yr for that automotive.

Residual values are first rate, too. Our consultants predict that the Toyota will maintain on to 48 per cent per cent of its unique worth after three years or 36,000 miles, and be value £14,414. The Volkswagen retains 45.8 per cent of its worth when new in the identical interval and will likely be value £13,950 after 36 months.

Testers’ notes

“In our expertise, the Toyota hybrid system performs very effectively round city. It’s no marvel that taxi drivers love the Corolla and Prius, as a result of they’re comfy and fuel-efficient.”


First place: Toyota Corolla Touring Sports activities

The Corolla isn’t fairly as sensible because the Golf, which might often exclude it from a win in a household property automotive take a look at. But it’s nonetheless very roomy and beats the Golf in some actually vital methods, so edges barely forward. The primary one is worth, as a result of it’s so much cheaper to lease, but it surely’s higher to drive, extra comfy and higher outfitted, too. The hybrid powertrain additionally means it’s quieter and simpler to drive easily.

Second place: Volkswagen Golf Property

When you want a household wagon with the most important boot, then out of those two vehicles it must be the Golf, however the VW continues to be overwhelmed by the Skoda Octavia on this class. The VW is on the costly facet, too, so on this spec it drops to second place. The irritating infotainment performs an element right here, however it’s nonetheless a effectively outfitted, comfy, good-to-drive household automotive with a really economical engine.

Additionally think about…

Skoda Octavia

New: Skoda Octavia Property 2.0 TDI 150 DSG SE LWorth: £29,515 Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl, 150bhp

The Skoda Octavia Property is essentially the most spacious household automotive round, and the truth that it’s simply as effectively outfitted because the Golf whereas being extra comfortable and spacious means it’s a greater purchase. There’s a variety of powertrain alternative right here, too.

Audi A6 Avant

Used: Audi A6 Avant 40 TDI S Line S tronicWorth: £27,995 
Mileage: 19,000 miles, 19 reg

The Audi A6 Avant is a big property and you may get into one which’s solely a few years outdated and with lower than 20,000 miles for across the identical money as our rivals right here. Its beautiful, roomy inside and punchy diesel engine imply it’s a reduce above at a discount.


  Toyota Corolla Touring Sports activities 1.8 Hybrid Excel Volkswagen Golf Property Fashion 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG
On the highway worth/complete as examined £30,010/£30,010 £30,465/£36,670
Residual worth (after 3yrs/36,000) £14,414/48.0% £13,950/45.8%
Depreciation £15,596 £16,515
Annual tax legal responsibility std/greater fee £1,489/£2,979 £1,633/£3,265
Annual gas value (12k/20k miles) £1,386/£2,310 £1,086/£1,810
Insurance coverage group/quote/VED 15/£537/£140 21/£578/£150
Value of 1st/2nd/third service £190/£340/£190 £296 (2 years)
Size/wheelbase 4,650/2,700mm 4,639/2,679mm
Peak/width 1,435/1,790mm 1,510/1,795mm
Engine 4cyl/1,798cc + electrical motor 4cyl in-line/1,968cc
Peak energy/revs  120/5,200 bhp/rpm 148/3,500 bhp/rpm
Peak torque/revs  142/3,600* Nm/rpm 360/1,600 Nm/rpm
Transmission  CVT auto/fwd 7-spd DSG auto/fwd
Gasoline tank capability/spare wheel 43 litres/restore package 50 litres/£100
Boot capability (seats up/down) 581/1,606 litres 611/1,642 litres
Kerbweight/payload/towing weight 1,370/535/750kg 1,520/540/1,600kg
Turning circle 10.1 metres 10.9 metres
Primary guarantee (miles)/restoration 5yrs (100,000)/1yr 3yrs (60,000)/1yr
Driver Energy producer/supplier pos. sixth/2nd Nineteenth/twenty second
NCAP: Grownup/youngster/ped./help/stars 95/84/86/77/5 95/89/76/78/5
0-62mph/prime velocity 11.1 secs/112mph 8.8 secs/138mph
Auto Categorical econ. (mpg/mpl)/vary 48.8/10.7/462 miles 62.3/13.7/685 miles
WLTP mixed  55.3-62.7mpg 56.5-60.1mpg
WLTP mixed  12.2-13.8mpl 12.4-13.2mpl
Precise/claimed CO2/tax bracket 134/103g/km/25% 122/124g/km/27%
Airbags/Isofix/parking sensors/cam. Seven/sure/F&R/sure Six/sure/F&R/£300
Auto field/lane-keep/blindspot/AEB Sure/sure/sure/sure Sure/sure/sure/sure
Clim./cruise ctrl/leather-based/heated seats Sure/adaptive/sure/sure Sure/adaptive/n/£550
Met paint/LEDs/keyless/pwr tailgate £600/sure/sure/sure £625/sure/£400/no
Nav/digi sprint/DAB/related providers Sure/sure/sure/sure Sure/sure/sure/sure
Wi-fi cost/CarPlay/Android Auto No/sure/sure Sure/sure/sure