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  • Limited engine range


Following in the footsteps of the Audi A6 Allroad, the Volvo V40 Cross Country and of course the VW Passat Alltrack, here’s the latest chunky off-roader: the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.

It’s based on the Golf Estate, and comes with four-wheel drive as standard.

Off-road systems

Apart from the obvious off-road looks which feature bare plastic bumper trims and a 20mm higher ride height, there’s some genuine capability here. The firm’s 4Motion four-wheel drive joins a system called EDS which aims to mirror the effect of locking differentials in true, hardcore off-road cars. This basically means optimum traction at all times for really rough terrain. The Alltrack also gets XDS+, which brakes the wheels on the inside of corners slightly to improve cornering performance.

Apart You’ll also get an ‘Offroad’ drive mode for the car, which activates the hill descent function (brakes the car automatically to retain control on steep descents) and modified throttle and ABS functions optimised for off-road driving.

A braked towing weight of up to 2,000kg makes it an excellent towing car.

Apart Engine line-up

You’ve got a choice of three engines – all diesels – starting with the 108bhp 1.6-litre diesel, followed by the 148bhp 2-litre and a 181bhp version of the same engine. The former pair come with the six-speed manual box, and the latter only with the six-speed DSG dual clutch automatic.

The 1.6-litre is all about economy and efficiency, taking 12.1 seconds to complete the 0-62mph sprint and top speed is just 116mph. A combined economy of 58.9mpg makes for more pleasant reading though, as does the 124g/km CO2 output.

Slightly more sprightly is the 148bhp 2-litre diesel, completing the same benchmark sprint in 8.9 seconds and finishing accelerating around 128mph. It’s actually not much less economical or efficient with a 57.6mpg claimed combined economy and 127g/km CO2 output. Choose the auto-only 181bhp version and not much changes, taking 7.8 seconds to sprint from 0-62mph and still returning 56.5mpg – though emissions of 132g/km mean you’ll pay a little more for annual VED car tax.

Styling changes

The redesigned front and rear bumpers coupled with the black plastic styling which characterises the Alltrack as an ‘off-road’ type vehicle are highlighted by chrome tailpipes and a bespoke silver styling package.

Inside there’s a leather-trimmed steering wheel and Alltrack badging scattered around the cabin. Other standard equipment includes dual-zone climate control, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lamps, Discover sat-nav with touchscreen infotainment system, cruise control, and a driver alert system to sense when you’re getting tired.

The car is available to order now, with deliveries scheduled for early August. Read the rest of the Parkers Volkswagen Golf Alltrack review to find out if you need to get your name on the list.

What owners say about this car

Plenty of boot space for dogs handy two height floor fabulous rear view camera. Read owner review

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