As I’m autograph this, Volkswagen Canada is elimination its actual account of 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltracks in favor of Tiguans, Atlas’ and the accessible ID.4 electric crossover. Meanwhile, the absolute Golf family, except for the GTI and R variants, are abrogation the country abutting year.
Volkswagen defends itself by adage that, while Canadian consumers admired the Golf, North Americans – i.e. the U.S. bazaar – are ambitious added crossovers and SUVs than ever. Ironically, alike if the ambrosial Alltrack is aloof as able as a account vehicle, its crumbling North American sales are acutely at the basis of its demise.
Consider these facts though: back its rear seats are bankrupt flat, the Golf Alltrack will absorb up to 1,883 liters of your gear, which is added than – ahem – Volkswagen’s own Tiguan (1,860 liters). This Golf eat a Mazda CX-5 for breakfast (1,687 liters).
The Golf Alltrack is the Golf’s ultimate form. While abounding affirmation that atom is aloof to the overachieving Golf R, I durably accept that the Alltrack accepted aloof how able the Golf MK7’s architectonics was. As a bulk of fact, it’s that aforementioned basal anatomy – the Volkswagen group’s MQB belvedere – that additionally underpins both the Tiguan and the Atlas.
Based on the all-wheel-drive Golf SportWagen variant, the Alltrack gets a hardly aerial suspension, some ablaze underbody aegis and artificial anatomy cladding, à la Subaru Outback, to accord it quasi-SUV alley presence. Ability comes from a turbocharged 1.8-liter four cylinder, an agent that already powered the three and five-door Golfs. It’s rated actuality at 168 application and 199 lb-ft of torque and akin to either a six-speed automated or a six-speed chiral transmission.
That’s how this car is spec’d, with the manual, authoritative it a actual attenuate pick; one that’ll absolutely acknowledge in bulk and anon become the ambition of automotive enthusiasts. As a bulk of fact, this Alltrack belongs to my photographer, Guillaume.
After cutting abounding arid crossovers with me, he asked what he could buy that would be as applied as a crossover, but additionally fun and agreeable to drive. Added importantly, he capital a chiral transmission.
His choices were thin, but my advocacy anon defaulted to the Golf Alltrack, or alike a SportWagen. However, Guillaume had to hurry, back they were bottomward off banker lots like flies. Luckily, his bounded VW boutique had this Pure White archetype accessible to ship.
The capital acumen automotive journalists adopt wagons over crossovers is that they tend to be a lot added agreeable to drive, decidedly because they’re about continued cars. Granted, avant-garde action account cartage are ambrosial abundant all car-based now, but their centermost of force is about college than that of a base wagon, arch to clumsier handling.
This acceptance couldn’t be clearer than back you drive an Alltrack anon afterwards a Tiguan or an Atlas. While, yes, VW’s SUVs ride on the aforementioned belvedere as the Golf, but they feel top-heavy, as if they’re continuing on stilts. The Alltrack, on the added hand, still drives brand a Golf, acceptation it’s spirited, active and advantageous to drive.
I’m additionally afflicted by how rock-solid this six-year belvedere still feels. While the Golf’s berth architecture is starting to appearance age, the car feels of adequate affection and impeccably able-bodied put together. The berth is vault-like quiet and, at times, you’d affirm you’re sitting central a budget-minded Audi. Grip is aloft average, turn-in is quick, brakes are good, and the absolute acquaintance is abundantly fun and appealing.
The turbocharged four-cylinder charcoal a befuddled little unit, accouterment added than adequate acceleration, sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in about 6.7 seconds. What this agent lacks in absolute power, it makes up for it with abounding low to midrange torque, acceptance this little wagon to agilely get up and go.
The chiral gearbox is a acceptable to operate, while the clamp pedal provides the appropriate bulk of resistance, authoritative anniversary about-face feel like an occasion. However, I was somewhat aghast with this car’s ammunition abridgement numbers. Perhaps this has to do with the Alltrack’s added weight and aloft suspension, but 11.2L/100 km is the affectionate of numbers you’ll get out of a V6-powered three-row SUV these days.
The Alltrack’s all-embracing ergonomics abide class-leading, with acceptable concrete HVAC controls and a touch-operated infotainment arrangement that reacts bound to your commands. Menus and functionalities are accessible to acquisition in this system, and it’s Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible, but the interface itself is alpha to feel a little anachronous compared to what’s currently on sale.
Rear bank allowance is commensurable to what you’ll get from auto crossover like a Mazda CX-30, for instance, but the Alltrack’s aerial roofline does accommodate aloft boilerplate arch clearance. But the Alltrack’s rear bank proves how bound the industry has acquired in agreement of amplitude efficiency. While adequately sized, the Alltrack’s berth could prove a little awkward for four alpine adults. One could additionally altercate that with a starting amount of $31,200, the Alltrack is a little cher back compared to analogously sized crossovers.
These are about actual accessory inconveniences for a car that absolute does aggregate to abreast perfection. The Golf Alltrack, then, is a little added than a supersized Golf. It’s a account as to how antic the SUV chic is. It proves already added that the good-old appearance base wagon charcoal a absurd way to carriage a ancestors and their accessory in abundance and style. Sadly, it’s a accuracy abounding consumers haven’t yet understood.
As for accepting your easily on a brand-new, manual-equipped Alltrack, bustle up and accomplish buzz calls. Technically, you can still body one on Volkswagen Canada’s website. If you’re lucky, you can still buy one. If not, your alone advantage is the buzz market. But one affair is for certain, the Golf Alltrack is a keeper, and absolutely a approaching classic.