The first Golf Variant was launched in 1993 on the basis of the third-generation Golf. With the second row of seats folded down, the cargo capacity was an impressive 1,425 liters. The successor (Golf IV) launched in 1999 even offered 1,470 liters. The third Golf Estate, based on the platform of the Golf V, appeared in the fall of 2009 with identical cargo capacity but a sharper design and perfected technology. The fifth Golf Variant has been on the market since 2013. It is based on the modular transverse toolkit (MQB), offering an even better package with up to 1,620 liters of cargo capacity. Up to the end of 2017, more than 2.6 million people had opted for a Golf Variant.