Twenty years after the first VW Golf Estate made its debut, the new Mk7 Golf Estate is set to make its first public appearance at the Geneva Motor Show.

The new Golf Estate, which is based on the MQB platform, is up to 105 kg lighter than the previous model, and will also be available as a full BlueMotion model for the first time, with fuel consumption of just 85.6 mpg and CO2 emissions of just 87 g/km.

The Golf Estate’s boot volume has been expanded from 505 litres to 605 litres when loaded up to the back seat backrest. Loaded up to the front seat backrests and under the roof, the new Estate offers a volume of 1,620 litres, up from the previous model’s 1,495 litres.

In terms of appearance, the new Golf Estate closely follows the look of the Golf hatchback.  At a length of 4,562 mm, the Golf Estate is 307 mm longer than the hatchback version.  Visually, the third side window blends into the D-pillar, resulting in a sportier appearance than its predecessors.

The petrol engine line-up for the new Golf Estate starts with a 1.2-litre TSI 105 PS, follow by a 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS unit and a 1.4-litre TSI ACT 140 PS engine with cylinder deactivation.  Diesel options include a 1.6-litre TDI 105 PS and a 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS, while the Golf Estate BlueMotion uses a 1.6-litre diesel engine producing 110 PS, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

An all-wheel Golf Estate 4MOTION will also be making its debut in Geneva, but there are currently no plans to sell this model in the UK.

UK sales of the new Golf Estate are expected to start in July, with first deliveries in October.  Prices and specification will be confirmed nearer the time.