Volkswagen Golf Alltrack review

Costs & verdict

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Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Golf Alltrack is worth considering if you need a practical car with the ability to tackle the odd muddy trail but aren’t so keen on a high-riding SUV. The long equipment list, big boot and fine driving dynamics all help make it an appealing choice.

However, bear in mind that the Skoda Octavia Scout has a larger boot and costs considerably less. It, too, can handle some off-roading, even though it isn’t quite as refined. Meanwhile, the regular Golf Estate is cheaper and slightly more comfortable, so is a better bet if you don’t need to go off road.

It’s also worth remembering that, if you’re buying on PCP finance, the bigger, classier Audi A4 Allroad won’t cost you a drastic amount more a month in repayments.

We’d definitely recommend sticking with the 2.0 TDI 150 (the cheapest version) unless you really want an automatic gearbox. It’s the cheapest Golf Alltrack to run – especially for company car drivers, courtesy of its relatively tax-friendly CO2 emissions.

Safety is just as impressive as the regular Golf, thanks to seven airbags and standard automatic emergency braking. That partly explains the five-star (out of five) Euro NCAP safety rating, with the standard Golf outscoring the Skoda Octavia for adult and child occupant protection.

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Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
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Worth considering if you need a practical car with the ability to tackle the odd muddy trail

  • Surprisingly decent in the rough stuff
  • Big and practical boot
  • Cheaper to run than SUVs
  • Golf Estate is a better buy for most
  • A proper SUV will hold its value better
  • So-so interior quality