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tournament of talents.

From ice hockey player, to marathon runner or mountain biker: each of the three new Golfs is a veritable athlete. What are the particular strengths of the Golf R Estate, Golf GTD Estate and Golf Alltrack? A contest between model athletes.

Text Ina Brzoska
Illustrations Miles Donovan

Golf R Estate.

Like greased lightning.

When it comes to the crunch, this athlete is as strong as a bear and as fast as lightning. Boasting 221 kW (300 hp), the Golf R Estate has an engine with a particularly powerful drive. The compact estate car has so much power that it can accelerate to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph. Nevertheless, this model athlete handles its resources carefully – for 60 miles it only consumes an average of seven litres. Visually, the Golf R Estate scores points for its bi-xenon headlights and large air inlets in the front bumpers.

As strong as a bear.

Snow or ice can’t stop this athlete maintaining its hold on the road. The Golf R Estate features all-wheel drive and a 6-gear DSG transmission, so the combined power is distributed across the four wheels. This is the first time Volkswagen has combined a powerful drive train with the estate car bodywork in the Golf R Estate. With a 605-litre storage capacity, the sporty R offers an impressive amount of luggage space even when filled with five people. When packed up to the backrests of the front Top sports seats and up to the roof, the storage capacity even increases to 1,620 litres.

Golf GTD Estate.

Stamina.

Just like a long-distance runner, the Golf GTD Estate has the perfect proportions and offers both speed and outstanding stamina. Boasting 135 kW (184 hp), it can reach a top speed of 143 mph and, thanks to the turbo diesel, features economic consumption. Its special talent? Optimal utilisation of power. It performs excellently on long-distance drives and is able to save fuel – its normal consumption for 60 miles is 4.4 litres.

Dynamic.

The Golf GTD Estate not only performs well on long-distance drives, but also offers an extremely elegant drive in urban traffic. Thanks to its sporty compression-ignition, it accelerates impressively from 0 to 62 mph in 7.9 seconds. Its body is lowered by 15 millimetres, it features 18-inch lightweight metal “Nogaro” wheels, a chrome-plated double tailpipe, dark red rear lights, dynamic bi-xenon headlights and, for example, “Clark” design seats.

Golf Alltrack.

Robust.

This model athlete loves the mountains just as much as a mountain biker. The Golf Alltrack features widened wheel housing, an opened-out side skirt, underride protection and a 20-millimetre elevated off-road suspension so that even gravel or loose chippings virtually just run off it. Thanks to its all-round panelling, it can even brave heavy rain or snow. The Golf Alltrack is also available with 19-inch lightweight metal “Santiago” rims as an optional extra.

Adventurous.

Away from tarmac streets, the off-road driving profile of the Golf Alltrack really comes in handy. Downhill, the car automatically brakes, the accelerator pedal response changes and the ABS is modified. Thanks to another regulating interval, a helpful gravel wedge forms in front of the wheels when braking on grit. It can cope with the most challenging dirt roads and, if needed, the 4MOTION all-wheel drive is activated, which variably distributes the transmission moment between the back and front axles as required.