2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

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$26,895

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2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Handling
  • Engine refinement
  • Cabin materials
  • Versatility
  • Six-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty

The bad:

  • Steering feedback (GTI, R)
  • Clutch feel (manual transmission)
  • Golf R's hefty price premium
  • Backseat legroom (SportWagen)

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Automatic emergency braking available
  • Hatchback and wagon body styles
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Performance-oriented GTI and R versions available
  • Choice of turbo four-cylinder engines

2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2019 Volkswagen Golf?

The Golf lineup encompasses a wide range of models, including the four-door Golf hatchback, performance GTI and R hatchbacks, and the SportWagen and Alltrack wagons. The SportWagen is available with front- or all-wheel drive, while the Golf R and Alltrack have standard AWD. Other models have FWD. Competitors include the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback, Kia Soul and Mini Countryman.

What’s New on the 2019 Volkswagen Golf?

On the Golf S and SE, as well as the front-drive SportWagen, the engine is now a 147-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder instead of a 1.8-liter engine. Horsepower on GTI models increases 8 hp to 228 hp, and the GTI Rabbit Edition comes with gloss-black 18-inch wheels, adaptive LED headlights, and unique exterior and interior trim; the GTI also gets a limited-slip differential and brakes from the Golf R. The Golf R, meanwhile, comes in a single trim level with the Dynamic Chassis Control adaptive suspension and navigation. The base S trim levels of the Alltrack and regular Golf add forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a blind spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert.

What Features in the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Are Most Important?

All models offer a rare combination of practicality and fun-to-drive sportiness that makes the Golf stand out from the crowd. Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking is available on all models and standard on many. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity is standard.

Should I Buy the 2019 Volkswagen Golf?

Volkswagen stumbled badly with its diesel emissions scandal, but it’s showing a renewed focus on catering to American tastes while retaining some of its German heritage. That said, the Golf line lacks the styling appeal of some competitors — and a roster of hatchbacks and wagons seems out of tune with today’s market. However, driving a Golf and experiencing its refinement and versatility might be enough to sway some SUV-minded shoppers.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

4.4

love mine.

I owned a C240 AWD Benz wagon. It was falling apart but it was from MN and snow does that. This car is its counterpart in the sense that it is set up the same. I love the 4cyl turbo, as it really goes, and the AWD is perfect to get out when it snows. It's RED and I love it. I really think this car is the best in AWD, pep, and function.

4.7

To be blunt, this is the best car I've owned

In 2019 I was looking to replace my Subaru with a sporty wagon which offered a more engaging driving experience and found that the Alltrack had been on the market for 3 years. Strange that I hadn't seen any advertising or marketing of any sort for it. Called up my local VW dealer and scheduled a test drive. Drove both a DSG SEL Alltrack and a 4motion Sportwagen. I wasn't really sold on either. It perhaps had something to do with the low profile tires on each vehicle in hindsight, but I did like the handling, acceleration, smaller and thusly more maneuverable size vs the bloated Outback. It just had too much road feel. I went home sort of confused since I expected to fall in love with the Alltrack. A month went by and then I saw a green/brown S trim Alltrack available at another dealer. I was really only into the aesthetics since the styling is perfect on these cars imo and green is my favorite color on vehicles so I thought what the heck why not try this one..maybe they're all different. So I drove down and checked it out. Gave it a drive around Vancouver and a quick jaunt at 55mph on I-5 and it was exactly what I was looking for. Engaging, but not a harsh ride like the SEL and Sportwagen. I mentioned the tire size before - the S trim has 17 inch wheels, which seem to feel much more comfortable on this vehicle. The SEL had 18 inch low profiles. I don't know, it's the only difference I can find in terms of the power and drivetrain from the other wagens I drove. Anyhow, traded in my Outback immediately and drove home in the Alltrack. Got it for $23.8k and the dealer threw in a free entended warranty. I doubt I'll ever use it, but they didn't have to do that so I appreciate it. I have 30k miles on it right now and have driven it from Olympia, WA to Glacier Park and back 4 times, taken it to Minnesota and back twice and to Portland and Seaside/Cannon Beach a few times. I have had absolutely zero issues with the vehicle and I cannot be happier with it. I've since replaced the tires with a set of Nokian WRG4s and moved to northern Minnesota. The pairing of the Nokians and the Alltrack's 4motion system has been amazing in the winter here. I cannot complain about anything with this car beyond the poor legroom in the rear passenger seats and the odd placement of the USB port in the center console. This was the last of the wagens in the USA for the foreseeable future and I don't plan on parting with mine unless I'm forced to, in which case I'll find a used one.

4.9

Best VW ever offered!

I've owned over 30 cars and I still have an e30, VW MK1 Cab & W201 in the garage but I love driving this Alltrack. Sure it's no speed demon like a Audi SQ5 or handles like a GTI but for the 90% of the time this car is perfect. Good engine, the 1.8T is just enough for everyday use. Handling is better than most SUV. Cargo space even more than an SQ5. Fuel economy is acceptable at 25mpg in the city. Overall looks with the roof rails, cladding and wheels makes for a really nice, very well equipped Volkswagen. One day this will be another classic VW.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
72 months/72,000 miles
Corrosion
84 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
72 months/72,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
MY 2016-MY 2017 vehicles/75,000 miles; MY 2018- MY 2019 vehicles/72,000 miles; MY 2020 and newer vehicles/75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Vehicles purchased on or after 1/5/21: MY 2017 & older, 2 yrs/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2018-19, 1 yr/12,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2020 & newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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