Owner Review

2020 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack 132TSI Premium review

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This car replaced a 2013 Golf Mk6 GTI with an APR Stage 1 tune. The Alltrack is my wife’s car really, but I am allowed to drive it as I am the chief car detailer. We moved to the country a couple of years ago and the GTI was great fun around the local roads, however it was becoming a little impractical due to the low ride height. Being a VW family for many years it was a no brainer to keep it that way, though other brands were road tested, poked, and prodded with their cargo capacity measured.

In Premium trim the Alltrack is not far removed from the interior of the GTI, but I wanted one without the panoramic sunroof. Alas, it became too difficult in Covid times to find one, and with the analogy of happy wife, happy life earwigging me the decision was made to purchase a brand new Indium Grey Premium Alltrack complete with optional Sports Luxury package - comprising of the panoramic sun roof, 18-inch wheels, paddle shifters, and darkened rear side glass.

Six months into ownership and not one issue has raised its ugly head. My deeply held doubts about the panoramic sunroof and the possibility of leaks, as spoken about ad-nauseum on US forums, have been unfounded. Thank goodness for German build quality over the Mexican build North American market Alltracks.

With just over six thousand kilometres under the tyres, over varying quality roads, the most impressive thing is the ride and handling with VW’s 4Motion system. In practice it is a 90/10 torque split front to rear, unless slippery conditions are encountered and then the split can be up to 50/50. A slightly different driving style is required on undulating and windy roads, partly due to having less power and different handling traits of the 4Motion system, however it makes the Alltrack a very good touring car. The front passenger and driver's seats are comfortable and the luggage area takes a huge amount at 605 litres with the back seat up and 1620 litres with it folded.

The switchgear is user friendly, and typically Teutonic in the way it all works. The adaptive cruise control and lane keeping take a bit of getting used to, but can be switched off as can the BlueMotion start/stop system. The LED headlights are fantastic and the sound system is easy to use and sounds great, and also includes a good touchscreen. The Alltrack has two standard on-road driving modes, Eco and Normal plus a Custom mode and Off Road!

The six speed DSG has two modes; Normal and Sport. Reports about jerkiness is something that I have not noticed in this car or the last Golf. The DSG is easy to get used to and the changes are so fast. So if you can’t find a happy medium you are in the wrong car. For general driving the Normal mode and Normal DSG is fine. Eco mode disconnects the drive on trailing throttle to save fuel but it feels too disconnected. Sport mode for the DSG holds gears for far longer and the boy racer in me is getting a little long in the tooth. Overall this is a very good vehicle and it is a pity that the Mk7.5 Alltrack wagon is the last of the line for Australia. Maybe that is a good thing, as it is the pinnacle of the model run for VW enthusiasts.