Even the cheapest Alltrack, the 1.6 TDI 110 4MOTION, starts at £26,790, with a 2.0 TDI 150 4MOTION costing £28,155 and a 184hp version of the same engine retailing at £30,595 (although this does get DSG as standard).
The Golf GTD Estate has only one engine, the 184hp 2.0-litre TDI, and costs £28,285 with a six-speed manual or £29,700 with DSG.
The pinnacle is the new Golf R Estate, complete with 300hp 2.0-litre 4MOTION drivetrain. It costs £33,585 but, again, does have DSG as standard.
All Golf Estates have 605-litre boots with the seats up, or 1,620 litres with them down. That’s a handy increase from the 380-litre boot of the Golf GTD and R hatchback. The Golf Alltrack also has crossover off-road styling such as flared wheelarches and protective side sills; ground clearance is up 20mm as well.
The Golf GTD Estate does 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds, 143mph yet can average 64.2mpg and emit 115g/km CO2. An impressive all-round performance… but performance fiends will still only have eyes for the Golf R Estate.
Why? Because that one can do 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds, is actually capped down to 155mph and a monster 280lb ft of torque is spread flat from 1,800rpm right round to 5,500rpm. The price you pay? 40.4mpg and 164g/km CO2.
But who really minds when, with its gunmetal alloys, polished metal detailing and bespoke blue paint colour choice, it looks this good?
All three new Golf Estate models are available for ordering now, ahead of deliveries beginning in August 2015.
Come back to MR soon for first drive reviews on all three new Golf Estate models