High-riding Golf Estate variant will go on sale in the UK next year for around £23,000
2 October 2014

Volkswagen has bolstered its seventh-generation Golf line-up with the addition of a second Alltrack model.

The rugged-styled, high-riding variant of the Golf Estate will go on sale in the UK in mid-2015, and prices will start from around £23,000.

Revealed at the Paris motor show, the fifth dedicated model in the existing Golf line-up is positioned in a niche between the latest Golf estate and the soon-to-be-replaced first-generation Tiguan. It aims to providing buyers with the practicality of the former with the off-road capability of the later.

In a move mirroring that taken with the larger and more expensive Passat Alltrack launched in 2013, Volkswagen has provided the Golf Alltrack with a series of off-roader inspired styling elements that attempt to distant it visually from the Golf Estate, upon which it is based and shares its steel body.  

Included are restyled bumpers with stylized plastic protection plates front and rear, black plastic cladding within the wheel arches and beneath the doors, further production plates within the sills and a set of roof rails.

The nominal ride height of the standard Golf Estate has been raised by 20mm, providing the Golf Alltrack with greater ground clearance for added off-road ability.

Volkswagen plans to launch the Golf Alltrack with a range of three turbocharged four-cylinder engines – a single direct-injection petrol and two common-rail diesels, all mated to its four-wheel drive 4Motion system which features an electronic front differential lock as standard.

The sole 1.8-litre petrol develops 177bhp and 206lb ft, providing the 1.8 TSI with a 0-62mph sprint time of 7.8sec, a top speed of 135mph, and a combined 41.5mpg and CO2 rating of 158g/km.

The diesels include Volkswagen’s familiar 1.6-litre engine. It produces 108bhp and 184lb ft to give the 1.6 TDI a 0-62mph time of 12.1sec and 116mph top speed, along with combined consumption of 60.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 124g/km.

Further up the range is a 2.0-litre diesel, offered in two outputs. The first develops 148bhp and 251lb ft, propelling the more affordable of two 2.0 TDI models from 0 to 62mph in 8.9sec. It has a top speed of 129mph, economy of 57.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 127g/km.

The higher powered 2.0 TDI uses the same engine but benefits from an additional 33bhp and 29lb ft, possessing 181bhp and 280lb ft.

This provides the range-topping Golf Attrack model with a 0-62mph acceleration time of 7.8sec, a 136mph top speed, combined consumption of 55.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 134g/km. Volkswagen also claims a braked trailer capacity of 2000kg.

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Our Verdict

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24 September 2014
I can see this being a big hit in the Alps. With a nice engine size like the trusted 2.0 diesel and four wheel drive it should be a hit in countries where till now Subaru, Suzuki and Audi have ruled.
I like it and could see this as a great workhorse car.

24 September 2014
It's quite a bit cheaper than a Seat Leon X-perience and Skoda Octavia Scout. We had a Mk4 Golf Estate 10 or so years ago and it was brilliant and it's been much missed since (though it was the car we took our newborn daughter home in). This Golf is definitely going to be one of the contenders for our next mum bus when they start to appear to the used market. We currently have a diesel 08 Passat estate that does this job perfectly. Wow it's dull but it's economical, it's only covered 43k miles and was very cheap (purchased off an elderly family friend) but it's brilliant. That said, like my wife said when I brought it home, "Bet you didn't have a poster of one of those on your bedroom wall when you were a teenager." She's right, I had a poster of a Porsche 911 and Wendy James out of transvision vamp. I didn't end up with either. Yet...

24 September 2014
Beastie_Boy wrote:

It's quite a bit cheaper than a Seat Leon X-perience and Skoda Octavia Scout.

Only because (if?) VW are bringing in the lowly 1.6 TDI. Both the others only offer the higher-selling 2.0 TDI for sale. The Golf won't be cheaper like for like.

24 September 2014
If it comes with DSG, put me on the waiting list. VW have refused to bring 4x4 Golf estate to UK up to now.
BTW, 20mm ride height increase is laughable. Less than an inch! Less than the distance of my knuckle from the tip of my thumbnail. I'm sure that REALLY helps the off road ability. It is sure going to need those underbody strengthening add-ons.

24 September 2014
They seem to have used all of that ride height gain to fit larger alloys. Exactly what you don't need when off-roading. 16 inch alloys please with nice fat tyres and some extra wheel travel. Oh and I'm very doubtful how much that £23k will get you. You'll need £25k plus for the 2.0 TDI and though the Octavia and Leon versions aren't much cheaper on paper, if at all, I'm pretty sure you'll be able get a larger discount on them.

24 September 2014
Will86 wrote:

They seem to have used all of that ride height gain to fit larger alloys. Exactly what you don't need when off-roading. 16 inch alloys please with nice fat tyres and some extra wheel travel. Oh and I'm very doubtful how much that £23k will get you. You'll need £25k plus for the 2.0 TDI and though the Octavia and Leon versions aren't much cheaper on paper, if at all, I'm pretty sure you'll be able get a larger discount on them.

Another 4x4 estate with, it appears, a ridiculous sports wheel/tyre combination that has no place on a practical vehicle. I really like the car, it's the sort of car I might go for, but not if it only comes with noisy, useless boy racer tyres. Fit the increased ride height (and a bit more) and 4x4 to the 'S' spec Golf; that would be a useful and more affordable alternative to some of the lame crossovers out there.

24 September 2014
I think the most interesting news here is that they have used the 1.8TSi engine. If they bring this to the regular estate model too I could be interested!

24 September 2014
The Seat version, the x-perience is already available, looks a lot more interesting and is pretty well loaded for a far better price. As its probably 80% the same under the skin anyway I would buy that!

24 September 2014
It was only last week when commentating on the polo GTI I mentioned there should be a Golf with a 1.8t engine for £2500 less than a GTI. Geting there!

 

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24 September 2014
This certainly makes the oh so dull Golf estate much more interesting, but, as others have said, the minimal increase in ride height, coupled with the big alloy/low profile tyre combo mean it is really more about fashion than anything else.

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