Volkswagen Golf Alltrack (2015) Review

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Volkswagen Golf Alltrack (2015) At A Glance

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.

New prices start from £29,825, brokers can source from £20,075
Contract hire deals from £169.20 per month
Insurance Groups are between 10–20
On average it achieves 83% of the official MPG figure

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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Real MPG average for a Volkswagen Golf Alltrack (2015)

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Average performance

83%

Real MPG

43–53 mpg

MPGs submitted

13

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ASK HJ

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: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/volkswagen/volkswagen-golf-alltrack-2015// Also by the SEAT Leon X-Perience: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/seat/seat-leon-x-perience-2014-road-test//
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BMW Runflat Tyres
I have a BMW 3 Series Touring (320d X Drive) with P7 runflats. I value the security they provide in being able to continue driving, albeit for a limited time and speed. However, in under two years I’ve had one destroyed rim & tyre and one destroyed tyre resulting in being off the road for 2-3 days for each incident while replacements could be found. It seems that the P7 run flats are not only expensive, they’re difficult to find. I drive to the South of France and back three times a year and feel that I’m gambling on being able to complete the journey when I have no spare tyre, and yes, one of the tyre incidents was in France. I’m considering the options to solve this problem. BMW will sell me a space saver, or a full sized spare, but it would have to live in the boot. If i’m travelling with dogs in the back that’s not a solution that would work. A space saver would probably fit in a top box, but I doubt I’d be able to lift a full sized spare that high! I do have European breakdown cover, so I wouldn’t be completely stranded. I’m very unhappy with the car for a number of reasons, namely poor fuel consumption, notchy gearbox, lack of pedal box space, soft paint which seems to scratch very easily, tyre deflation system giving false alarms, poor visibility etc. I’d dearly love to replace the car with one which has a full sized spare tyre, if such a thing exists. My requirements are: four wheel drive, occasional towing, room for dogs in the back, rails for attaching a top box, capable of doing 600 miles a day in comfort, 20k miles per year. Budget - I could stretch to £30k, maybe a little more if I could find perfection. Any ideas to solve either the spare tyre problem or options for a suitable replacement for the car? Many thanks for a great web site.
I suspect you are on at least 18" and maybe 19" wheels which are notorious on BMWs for buckling or cracking. One way out is a set of 16" wheels from an 320ED with 205/60 R 16 non runflat tyres, but that leaves the problem of nowhere to put a spare (definitely not in a roof box; it could kill people). I think Mondeos still have spare wheel wells and you can get a 4WD. A Mazda CX-5 might do the job with a £400 optional space saver spare. The answer might be a VW Golf AllTrack that does come with a space saver spare. Very favourable test here: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/volkswagen/volkswagen-golf-alltrack-2015//?section=prices
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An economial estate car suitable for rough roads
Hi, I do a lot of driving on rough, gravel roads as I spend a lot of time in South Africa, and am looking for an estate car that will survive them. I don't need 4 wheel drive and would prefer not to have an SUV. Fuel economy is important. If this was 20 or 30 years ago I'd buy a Peugeot 504 estate: is there a modern equivalent? Thanks, Adam
Actually a VW Golf Alltrack would probably do the job very well. The type of four wheel drive it is fitted with is an important advantage on rough gravel roads: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/volkswagen/volkswagen-golf-alltrack-2015// Or the similar SEAT Leon X-Pertience with 5mm more ground clearance: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/seat/seat-leon-x-perience-2014-road-test// Bigger, a VW Passat Alltrack (this is the old model): http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/volkswagen/vw-passat-alltrack-2012-road-test// And don't forget the Subaru Outback: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/subaru/subaru-outback-20d-sx-lineartronic-road-test-2013//
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What does a Volkswagen Golf Alltrack (2015) cost?

Buy new from £20,075 (list price from £23,880)
Contract hire from £169.20 per month
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