Now the Golf Estate is set for return

Volkswagen will return the Golf Estate to their lineup later in the year, and the expected starting price is under €23,000.

Volkswagen will return the Golf Estate to their lineup later in the year, and the expected starting price is under €23,000.

The Estate will be the third variant of the popular Golf, joining the hatchback and SV models. Full pricing and specification have yet to be confirmed.

“We are delighted to see a return to Ireland of the Golf Estate,” said Paul Burke Operations Director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars. “More

buyers are looking for a compact car with added versatility and practicality. The Golf Estate offers that.”

The Estate offers a 605-litre of cargo space, which can expand out to 1,620-litres with the seats folded flat. Like the Golf hatchback, the Estate is

based on the MQB platform so both have the same wheelbase.

Expect a similar engine line-up to that found in the hatchback. The bulk of sales are expected to come from the 1.6-litre 110bhp diesel version.

The Audi A7

Meanwhile, the new Audi A7 is available to order now. It will begin arriving at dealerships in October. Its entry price in Ireland will be €67,550 OTR. The Audi S7 is available too, starting at €113,450 OTR.

A new highly efficient V6 TDI ultra model is one of the highlights of the new generation Audi A7 range.

From launch, the new A7 will be available with a choice of five powerful and highly efficient engines. The two petrol and three diesel units offer power outputs ranging from 218PS to 333PS, and comply with stringent EU6 emissions legislation.

In the “ultra” version with 218PS and front-wheel drive, the 3.0-litre V6 is capable of returning an outstanding 60mpg with CO2 emissions of 122 grams per kilometre. Audi Ultra is the umbrella term Audi use for all efficiency technologies and sustainability at Audi.

Top of range

It can be particularly showcased by a CO2 champion in each range which wears the ‘Ultra’ badging. The top of the range engine, the 4.0-litre TFSI, is available in the Audi S7. It delivers 450PS of power and uses innovative COD (cylinder on demand) technology.

The 3.0 TDI 320HP BiTurbo is mated to an 8-speed tiptronic transmission; all other engine configurations work with a seven speed S-Tronic transmission. In the versions with front wheel drive, S-Tronic replaces the multitronic CVT transmission and has been fully redeveloped.

For engine outputs of 272HP and above, quattro permanent all-wheel drive can be supplemented with the sport differential, which actively distributes power between the rear wheels.

Keep ahead

Christian Gussen, managing director, Audi Ireland commented: “The A7 is a very important model for us and has been No 1 in its segment since its launch here in 2010. With these enhancements for 2015, I am confident we can continue to keep ahead of our challengers and maintain our position as Ireland’s number one premium car marque.

“The new A7 perfectly encapsulate what the Audi brand stands for – stunning design and performance.”