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First Drive: Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

The story: The new Golf range is expanded further with the new Alltrack version, the only Golf Estate outside the high-performance R model to get all-wheel drive, as well as raised ground clearance to give a faux-crossover appearance
Category:Lower medium
Key rival:Toyota Corolla Trek
On sale:Now

Volkswagen’s new Golf range continues to grow, this time with a range-topping Alltrack version that bridges the gap between the regular estate and SUVs such as the T-Roc. It has increased ground clearance over the Golf, and a more off-road look, thanks to the bespoke bumpers front and rear, chrome strips down the side and around the front grille, plus as a neat lighting bar across the nose that other Golfs don’t get.

First Drive - September 2021 - Volkswagen Golf Alltrack - Image 6On the inside, the most expensive Golf Estate (at least until the R performance wagon model arrives) improves on the R-Line specification with three-zone climate control and an array of safety kit.

The Alltrack comes with the 200hp version of VW’s 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine, and is the only model in the estate range
to go above 150hp. It emits 147g/km of CO2, compared to a maximum of 123g/km in the 150hp diesel.

That extra punch and all-wheel drive traction are the main reasons to go for the Alltrack, given the fact it costs almost £4500 more than the next most costly Golf Estate, although it does look slightly smarter than a common-or-garden version, thanks to the various visual adornments.

But it struggles a little in a company car context, even against the limited direct estate competition, which amounts to
the two-wheel drive and faux-off-roader style of the Ford Focus Active and Toyota Corolla Trek, or the Skoda Octavia Estate, which can offer all-wheel drive but no extra styling details.

First Drive - September 2021 - Volkswagen Golf Alltrack - Image 4The Focus’s emissions of 134g/km for an admittedly less powerful 150hp diesel give it a three-band BiK advantage, while the Corolla’s hybrid system puts it another two lower at 121g/km. Neither are as big and practical as the Golf though, but
both are also significantly cheaper, making for a big difference in monthly BiK.

This means the Golf’s cost-per-mile figure gives it a tricky case to justify. If you want a more powerful four-wheel-drive diesel Golf Estate that looks slightly better than the regular one, then if definitely ticks those boxes. But if your needs are wider-spread, then it looks like an expensive choice.

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The verdict

Improved looks, more powerful diesel and all-wheel drive mark out the Alltrack, but it’s expensive