As the taller sibling of the Golf SportWagen, 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack has an extra 0.6 inches in ride height over the vehicle from which it was derived. This height elevation adds a bolder, more capable appearance, without compromising the pillars of Volkswagen design DNA—tight, crisp lines and understated-yet-modern surfaces. Like the SportWagen, the Alltrack is about 180.2 inches long and 70.8 inches wide.
Halogen headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) refresh the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack look. Differentiating itself from the SportWagen, the Alltrack’s profile includes body cladding on the side sills and around the wheel arches that carries over to the lower areas of the redesigned bumpers. Unique accenting can also be seen in the silver roof rails, Reflex Silver side mirrors and lower window chrome molding. A panoramic sunroof is standard equipment on SE and SEL grades. Also obvious from the side are the standard 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (18-inch wheels are optional on the SE and standard on SEL) and the impressive ground clearance of 6.9 inches.
At the back, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack sports new LED taillights, and a bumper that is highlighted by dominant silver underbody protection, matching the style of the side sills and incorporating chrome exhaust outlets on either side. “Alltrack” and “4Motion” badging also make it clear this is a distinctly different vehicle than its Golf brethren.
In addition to the standard fog lights, LED Daytime Running Lights and automatic headlights with rain sensor activation are now fitted on all trims. SEL models add LED headlights with the Adaptive Front-lighting System (optional on the SE trim via the Driver Assistance and Appearance package).
Inside, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack offers a generous 94.3 cu-ft of passenger volume, as well as 30.4 cu-ft of cargo room behind the rear seats and 66.5 cu-ft with the rear seats folded. The sizeable interior also includes 38.6 inches of headroom space, front and rear shoulder room of 55.9 and 53.9 inches, and front and rear legroom of 41.2 and 35.6 inches.
Notable differences that distinguish the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack upscale cabin from its SportWagen brethren include standard V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces across all trims, along with standard heated front seats. A 12-way power driver seat is standard on the SEL model. The unique interior equipment of the Alltrack includes stainless-steel door kick plates with the Alltrack logo and custom aluminum-look pedals.
In addition to the expansive interior space, driver controls are positioned to help optimize ergonomics and usability. The seat position, height of the shifter and the spacing between the pedals are fine-tuned for increased driver comfort. This driver-centric design focus is evident from the center stack, which is angled towards the driver, a feature frequently seen in premium luxury or performance vehicles. Standard ambient lighting further highlights this upscale character, as well as the use of premium materials throughout, such as the soft-touch plastics and leather-wrapped handbrake, shifter knob and multi-function steering wheel.
An equal amount of attention has been paid to helping to optimize comfort and convenience throughout the lineup. The 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack comes equipped with a long list of modern comfort, convenience and entertainment features, including power windows and power-adjustable mirrors, a six-speaker audio system, and a rearview camera. SE trims include KESSY keyless access with push-button start, while SEL models include the Fender Premium Audio System and Climatronic automatic dual-zone climate control.
All 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack models feature Volkswagen’s innovative MIB II touchscreen infotainment system. The display utilizes a capacitive-touch sensor (as in smartphone and tablet technology) rather than the more common resistive touchscreens that require pressure, enabling gesture controls like swiping and even pinch-zooming.
S models are equipped with the Composition Color unit, which features a 6.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display. The infotainment system also offers SD card and USB (one port) multimedia interfaces, as well as a rearview camera and standard Bluetooth® technology for compatible devices. All other Alltrack models are equipped with a glass-covered 8.0-inch capacitive touchscreen display SE models with the Composition Media unit; SEL models with the Discover Media system with navigation.
Both units offer one USB port, a JPEG viewer, SiriusXM® radio for a three month trial period, and HD Radio. Both units also have the ability to send and receive SMS text messages with Bluetooth with compatible phones and pair two phones simultaneously. The Discover Media unit offers 2.5D navigation, featuring one-shot voice destination entry, destination entry with search and auto-complete, and predicts possible destinations based on often used routes.
The 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack shares its 1.8-liter TSI engine with other members of the seventh-generation Golf lineup. This four-cylinder gasoline unit is a member of the latest EA888 engine family, utilizing turbocharged induction and direct fuel injection to help achieve excellent efficiency while still delivering impressive power. Output is rated at 168 horsepower at 4500 rpm and a stout 199 pound-feet of torque beginning at just 1,600 rpm.
All 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack models are offered with either a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG automatic transmission. Regardless of transmission, power is routed to all four wheels via the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. Also unique to Alltrack is a large 14.5-gallon fuel tank, which offers a greater range for adventure than SportWagen 13.2-gallon tank.
EPA-estimated fuel economy for models equipped with the six-speed manual is 21 mpg in city driving, 30 mpg on the highway, and 24 in combined driving. When equipped with the optional six-speed DSG automatic transmission, EPA-estimated fuel economy is 22 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 25 in combined driving.
4MOTION ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE SYSTEM
Every 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is equipped with the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. The latest-generation 4Motion system is activated before wheelspin occurs, helping eliminate traction losses. The system achieves this by using an advanced control function based on specific driving conditions. When operating under a relatively low load or when coasting, the front wheels are driven and the rear wheels are decoupled, helping to save fuel. However, the rear wheels can be engaged in fractions of a second whenever necessary via the center differential, which is activated by an electro-hydraulic oil pump.
A control unit continually calculates the ideal drive torque for the rear wheels and controls how much the multi-plate clutch should be closed by activating the oil pump. The oil pressure increases the contact pressure at the clutch plates in proportion to the torque desired at the rear axle. So, the amount of pressure applied to the clutch plates can be used to continuously vary the amount of torque going between the front and rear wheels, up to a maximum of 50 percent at the rear axle.
In addition to the center differential that acts longitudinally, electronic differential locks that are a function of the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system act laterally. The system can briefly brake a wheel that is slipping, enabling uninterrupted and stable transfer of drive power to the wheel on the opposite side.
To help protect occupants, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack provides a combination of both passive and active safety systems. It features six airbags as standard (front and side airbags for front passengers and side curtain airbags for outboard seating positions), along with a number of electronic safety systems, such as an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
A standard feature on the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. This builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact—the most significant of which can cause additional collisions. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System helps address this, in certain crash scenarios, by applying the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus potentially reducing residual kinetic energy and, in turn, the chance of additional damage.
All Alltrack models feature a standard rearview camera. The Alltrack also includes Volkswagen’s Intelligent Crash Response System that shuts off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors, and switches on the hazard lights if the car is involved in certain types of collisions.