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Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • Classy cabin is just like every Golf…
  • Meaning the Alltrack isn’t distinctive
  • Well-made and fabulous to use, though

This aspect is arguably where the Golf Alltrack is at its most underwhelming, not because there’s anything wrong with the cabin – far from it – but because it looks exactly like the Golf’s it’s based on, save for a sprinkling of badges, different materials on the seats and Pavaino design dashboard appliques.

That does mean it’s impeccably well-built, with robust and tactile switchgear finished with a precision that many premium manufacturers would be envious of.

It’s a clean and uncluttered design, with simple surfacing, subtle detailing and unfussy trim inlays with intuitive controls for the climate and audio functions.

Minor cabin revisions were introduced at the 2017 facelift, hallmarked by the improved multimedia system with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, in addition to the option of the Active Info Display instrumentation with customisable graphics.

The white-on-black instruments are super-simple to read on the move, while the touchscreen that also operates the standard Discover Navigation system is quick to respond to inputs and looks good.

Controls on the attractive three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel operate audio, voice input and cruise control to ensure you can keep your eyes on the road at all times.

Like the Golf, it’s easy to get comfortable when sat in the driver’s seat; there’s plenty of adjustment both for chair and steering wheel, and the centre console armrest can be manoeuvred into a position perfect for resting your elbow while cruising along the motorway.

  • Supple ride makes it feel even comfier
  • Discontinued smallest engine was the noisiest
  • Easy to obtain a great driving position

If there’s one thing this range has always been renowned for, it’s refinement, and as such Volkswagen Golf Alltrack comfort is impeccable.

We’re picking fault to say the weakest link is the formerly-available 1.6-litre TDI engine; it radiated a slight clatter through to the cabin when you pressed on.

In truth, it’s the 2.0-litre diesel with 150hp that is the sweetest of the range, feeling slightly more refined than the slightly faster 184hp version, with a hushed and quiet engine note that is anything but intrusive.

The seats, like those found in the rest of Golf range, are perfectly comfortable with ample adjustment and there’s enough room for adults front and rear.

While the suspension is soft and supple, which does blunt this car’s handling a fraction, it means the Golf Alltrack is supremely comfortable – regardless of distance travelled or time in the car.