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Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

DRIVING INTO THE ROUGH (some text hidden)

By Jonathan Crouch

Volkswagen's improved Golf Alltrack offers a more rugged take on the urbane Golf Estate. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 57

Volkswagen specialises in ruggedised estate cars and its most compact model is his one, the Golf Alltrack. This all-wheel drive special might be all the car you ever need and is offered with a choice of two diesel engines: a 150PS 2.0-litre TDI and the 184PS 2.0-litre TDI 184 PS, the latter mated to a DSG gearbox.

Backgroundword count: 140

You're forgiven if you didn't even realise that there was an Alltrack estate version of the latest Volkswagen Golf. You don't see too many of them around. Undeterred by that, Volkswagen continues to offer this variant in the revised Golf line-up, encouraged by the relative success of the Passat Alltrack further up its model range. That Alltrack Passat appeals to people who might need a Qashqai-class family Crossover or SUV - but don't really want one. The idea is that this Golf Alltrack might have the same kind of appeal to people who might be looking at a smaller Juke-sized Crossover. If you're familiar with the Passat Alltrack theme, you'll know the score here. All-wheel drive, a beefier look and lashings of lifestyle promotion featuring people who have great dentists, hot spouses, cool kids and no shortage of spare time.

Driving Experienceword count: 129

There are two Golf Alltrack engine options, both 2.0 TDI diesels. Most will choose the 150PS variant, offered with a manual gearbox and able to sprint to 62mph in 8.9 seconds on the way to 129mph. The 184PS version with the DSG twin-clutch transmission is genuinely brisk, reaching 62mph in just 7.8 seconds and keeping on barrelling to 136mph. Just make sure you fit the right tyres for the latter. There's an XDS electronic differential lock that helps sniff out grip where possible and sports suspension is fitted as standard. The six-speed manual gearboxes fitted to Golf Mk7s are slick, wristy units that are a joy to use, but the DSG has a lot going for it as well. It even works well in 'fire and forget' auto mode.

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