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.
Bargain small estate offers plenty of room, but refinement and...
Like the hatchback, mature and refined with added boot space
Competitive in lots of areas but not outstanding
One of the best estates available at any price