- Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking now standard
- Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert now standard
- Manual transmission is now offered on all trims
- Part of the seventh Golf generation introduced for 2015
- Standard all-wheel drive
- Comfortable interior marked by quality design and materials
- Cargo capacity rivals the space in many compact SUVs
- Transmission often hesitates to shift when driving at low speeds
- Fuel economy ratings are low for this class
- Infotainment looks dated and feels slow, but new updates might fix that
Which Golf Alltrack does Vin Busters recommend?
Overall rating 7.4 / 10
Today’s crossover SUVs do a pretty good job packaging big cargo space and wet-weather capability in a car-like package. Yet some shoppers still prefer a vehicle that looks and rides more like a sedan. If you’re one of them, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack makes perfect sense.
Like the Golf SportWagen on which it’s based, the Alltrack follows a similarly simple formula: Add more length to the popular Golf hatchback’s proportions for larger cargo volume. In this case, you get 66.5 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, which is similar or larger than the capacity of many crossover SUVs. The Alltrack also shares the SportWagen’s top engine choice, a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder, and the availability of both manual and automatic transmissions.
But the Alltrack’s standard all-wheel drive, protective lower body panels and taller ground clearance give it the ability to venture farther off-pavement than the SportWagen. The Alltrack’s 7 inches of ground clearance (compared to the SportWagen’s 5.5 inches) and mild all-wheel-drive system are still no match for trails better suited to a Jeep or Toyota SUV, for example. But they are still enough to get most adventure-minded drivers deeper out into the woods, rocks and sand.
For 2019, the Alltrack adds a few new standard driver safety features and now offers a manual transmission on all three trim levels, but otherwise, it carries over unchanged. This news will cheer up drivers disappointed in the regular SportWagen for dropping desirable features such as navigation and an upgraded audio system. These features are still available on the Alltrack SEL trim.
You might also want to consider the Subaru Outback or Audi Allroad; either is similar in theme. But overall we think the VW Alltrack is a great choice for drivers who don’t want an SUV or just prefer a sedan-like ride with extra utility and the ability to handle rough terrain.
2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack configurations
The 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack comes in three trim levels: S, SE, and SEL. The base S is pretty well-equipped and offers most all you need for an active lifestyle car, including roof rails, heated seats and side mirrors, a rearview camera, Bluetooth and smartphone integration. Stepping up to the SE brings a big sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, and a better sound system, while the SEL dials it up with nicer wheels, power seats and a navigation system.
Standard features on the S include 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic wipers, foglights, LED daytime running lights, heated side mirrors, roof rails, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, simulated-leather upholstery, heated front seats with manual adjustment and power recline, 60/40-split folding rear seats with a center pass-through, and ambient cabin lighting.
Also standard are a rearview camera, a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment display, Bluetooth, VW’s Car-Net communications, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, a USB port, and a six-speaker sound system. New for 2019 are standard driver safety aids including forwarding collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Moving up to the SE adds a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, a 115-volt outlet in the cargo area, and an upgraded infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen interface. An optional Driver Assistance package for the SE adds 18-inch wheels, adaptive LED headlights, automatic high beams, parking sensors, lane keeping assist, and an automatic parking system and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The top-level SEL comes with all of the above plus adaptive cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a navigation system, and a Fender premium audio system.