Volkswagen wanted to offer Golf fans the possibility to drive their vehicle on uneven roads and as a result, it introduced the Golf Alltrack. The new German “off-roader” arrived at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and as expected it gets the permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive system equipped with the latest generation Haldex coupling that activates before slip occurs.
The design is new and follows the same strategy applied by Volkswagen with the Passat Alltrack (Passat B8 Alltrack was also confirmed), consisting of a low-profile radiator grille crossbar featuring an aluminum look (matt), a honeycomb radiator grille that sports a chrome “Alltrack” badge designed in matt “Black” as well as a redesigned front bumper that shows a honeycomb structure.
Looking at the vehicle you’ll first notice the distinctive ‘Reflex Silver’ crossbar that extends across the entire width of the bumper. At the rear, there are dark-red taillights, a new bumper design with an underbody protection in ‘Reflex Silver’ and a dual-branch exhaust system with separate chrome tailpipes on the left and right for the model powered by the 180 hp TSI petrol engine.
The diesel-powered models get dual chrome tailpipes on the left side. The interior carries the same design theme and arrives with a steering wheel and gear shift lever wrapped in leather, custom seat covers wearing the “Alltrack” badge, “Dark Magnesium” accents on the centre console and “Tracks” accents on the dashboard and interior door trim, LED reading lights, “Composition Touch” infotainment system, Driver Alert System and cruise control system.
Regarding the engines, the Golf Alltrack will be available with a 1.6-liter TDI engine that produces 110 hp and 250 Nm of torque, enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 12.1 seconds, while offering a top speed of 116 mph or 187 km/h.
A bigger 2.0-liter TDI is available too, delivering 150 hp as well as 340 Nm and pushing the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.9 seconds with a top speed of 128 mph or 206 km/h. VW also offers a 2.0-liter TDI with 184 hp and 380 Nm, mated as standard with a 6-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission.
This engine offers an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.8 seconds, while top speed is 136 mph or 218 km/h.
The only petrol engine is the 1.8-liter TSI that generates 180 hp and 280 Nm of torque, bolted to a 6-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG). This engine pushes the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.8 seconds, with a top speed limited at 135 mph or 217 km/h.