Volkswagen’s Golf small car range has been bolstered this week with the arrival of an all-wheel-drive high-riding wagon model into local showrooms.
The Golf Alltrack is designed to bridge the gap between a traditional wagon and the ever-more-popular SUV segment, offering the best of both worlds in a small wagon-sized package.
Arriving as a single variant and little sister to the Passat Alltrack, the Golf Alltrack offers an AWD alternative to Volkswagen’s Tiguan SUV and complements the existing Golf wagon models - all of which are front-wheel-drive.
Power comes from a 1.8 litre four-cylinder TSI turbocharged petrol engine producing 132kW and 240Nm.
Matched only with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, power is sent to all four wheels via Volkswagen’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive system featuring the latest generation Haldex coupling.
Fuel consumption is rated at 6.7 l/100km, and the Alltrack features a stop-start system. The driver can choose between three driving modes besides ‘normal’: eco, sport and off-road which includes hill-decent control.
For light off-roading duties, the Alltrack gets a 20mm ride-height boost over the regular Golf wagon and is fitted with plastic cladding around the wheel arches and underbody protection.
There’s also a different bumper to that of the Golf wagon and more ‘off-road friendly’ 17-inch wheels, along with Alltrack badging and Bi-Xenon headlights.
Inside, buyers will find Vienna leather trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, along with a 6.5-inch multimedia touchscreen featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The wagon’s cargo area holds 605 litres with the back seats in place and up to 1620 litres with the rear seats folded.
Safety features include multi-collision brakes, a driver Fatigue Detection system, low tyre pressure indicator, parking distance sensors and reversing camera, along with ESP and seven airbags.
Buyers can also choose between two option packs to further enhance their Golf Alltrack.
The Driver Assistance Pack ($1300) adds adaptive cruise control, front assist and city emergency brake, while the Sports Luxury Pack ($2500) brings a panoramic electric glass sunroof, 18-inch ‘Canyon’ alloy wheels, gearshift paddles and dark tinted rear side and rear window glass.
The Golf Alltrack will face stiff competition from within the Volkswagen Group ranks in the form of the Skoda Octavia Scout. While the Alltrack is offered as a single variant, the Scout comes with a choice of diesel or petrol engines along with manual and automatic transmissions.
Volkswagen’s 2015 Golf Alltrack is on sale now, with prices starting from $37,990 plus on-road costs.