Review: Volkswagen Golf Alltrack (2015)

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More rugged off-road version of the Golf Estate. Has 4Motion four-wheel drive and raised ground clearance.

Considerably more expensive than standard Golf Estate.

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack (2015): At A Glance

Filling a niche with yet another car, but this time a remarkably good one, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is `a 4MOTION four wheel deriver version of the Golf, jacked up by 20mm. 

SEAT builds a similar car on the same MQB subframes and with the same engines and transmissions called the Leon X-PERIENCE at slightly lower prices from £24,385 to £28,870, but lacking some of the interior niceties such as a velour lined glove locker that VAG makes exclusive to Volkswagens and Audis.

There were three versions of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack at launch: a 1.6TDI 110 at £26,790; a 2.0TDI 150 at £28,155; and the one we drove, which was a 2.0TDI 184 DSG at £30,595.

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack 2.0TDI 184 DSG Road Test

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What does a Volkswagen Golf Alltrack (2015) cost?

List Price from £23,900
Buy new from £20,095
Contract hire from £169.20 per month

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack (2015): What's It Like Inside?

Length 4567–4596 mm
Width 2027 mm
Height 1499–1515 mm
Wheelbase 2630–2637 mm

Full specifications

Robust with a high quality feel and GT level instrumentation and equipment.

Load space exactly the same as the standard Golf Estater, but with the benefit of a space sacver spare under the load deck floor.

Luggage capacity: 605 litres (rear seats up)

Luggage capacity: 1,620 litres (rear seats folded)

Load space length rear seats up: 1,055mm

Load space length rear seats down: 1,831mm

Load space length passenger seat folded: 2,671mm

Minimum load space width: 1,003mm

Maximum load space width (behind rear arches): 1,250mm

Maximum cargo weight: 611kg

VW Golf VII Estate Load 1


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What's the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack (2015) like to drive?

The first nice surprise about the VW Golf Alltrack the ride and handling, writes HJ. The Alltrack sits 20mm higher than a Golf VII estate (tested here), and 40mm higher than the four wheel drive Golf R estate. And ours was on optional 18” alloy wheels with 225/45 R18 Goodyear Efficient Grip tyres in place of the standard 17” wheels with 205/55 R18 tyres. Yet, whether the drive mode selector was set to ‘Comfort’ or ‘Normal’, the car not only handled and gripped brilliantly, but also absorbed all the ruts and bumps in the less than perfect roads we drove on. (You could feel and hear them a bit in ‘Sport’ mode, but not bone-jarringly.)

The next unexpected pleasure was the performance. I’m not the World’s biggest fan of VAG diesel engines, nor of DSG twin clutch transmissions. But for this latest incarnation of the 2.0TDI, VAG has moved the exhaust manifold to the cylinder head for much greater efficiency and it works a treat, giving 380Nm torque from 1,750 to 3,250rpm. The DSG sits well with it on the road, too. Slap the lever to the right for manual changes using the paddles. Pull it back for later upchanges in automatic Sport mode.

60 mph comes up in 7.5 seconds, top speed is 136mph, ECDC economy is 56.5mpg, emissions are 132g/km and mph/1,000rpm in 6th is a sensible 37.5.

Talking more about modes, the ‘Mode’ button not only allows you to select ‘Comfort’, ‘Normal’ or ‘Sport’, you can also choose ‘Eco’, ‘Individual’ or ‘Off Road’.

In ‘Eco’ upchanges happen earlier for better economy. ‘Individual’ opens up a sub menu allowing you to tailor the Dynamic Chassis Control, the steering sharpness, the engine response, the Adaptive Cruise Control, the Dynamic Cornering Lighting and the Air-Conditioning individually to ‘Normal’ or ‘Sport’ as you prefer.

The last button, ‘Off Road’ modifies the cars behaviour for challenging off-road conditions. Selecting it activates a ‘foot off the accelerator’ hill decent control at speeds from 0 to 20mph to control the car’s speed using the ABS down steep inclines. It also modifies the accelerator response for optimal off road driving. And that works better than you have any right to expect of a £30,000 car that is also brilliant on the road. Alltrack literally means what it says on the badge. The car is good on every type of road and every type of track, within reason, and the same system proves itself in mud in the SEAT Leon X-PERIENCE. It can even tow 2,000kg.

VW Golf Alltrack Wheel Off Ground

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.6 TDI 110 60 mpg 12.1 s 124 g/km
2.0 TDI 150 55–59 mpg 8.9 s 127–129 g/km
2.0 TDI 184 DSG 54–58 mpg 7.8 s 132–137 g/km

Real MPG average for a Volkswagen Golf Alltrack (2015)

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Average performance


Real MPG

43–53 mpg

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Need an all-roader - which model do you recommend?

We want to change our Audi A4 All Road 2.0 TDI. Which would you suggest we replace it with? We quite like the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, SEAT Leon X-Perience and Subaru Outback. Are there any other makes/models we should be considering?
I was very favourably impressed by the VW Golf Alltrack: Also by the SEAT Leon X-Perience:
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