2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack vs. 2019 Audi Allroad

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Golf Alltrack (except S) offers optional Maneuver Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Allroad doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Golf Alltrack and the Allroad have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The Golf Alltrack comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The Allroad’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 22000 miles sooner.

There are over 2 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Golf Alltrack’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Golf Alltrack has a standard 480-amp battery. The Allroad’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 24th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Golf Alltrack Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Allroad (22 city/30 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Allroad requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

The Golf Alltrack stops shorter than the Allroad:

Golf

Allroad

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Golf Alltrack SEL handles at .85 G’s, while the Allroad Premium Plus pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Golf Alltrack’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Allroad’s (35.8 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Golf Alltrack has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Allroad (6.9 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the Golf Alltrack to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 pounds less than the Audi Allroad.

The Golf Alltrack is 6.8 inches shorter than the Allroad, making the Golf Alltrack easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Golf Alltrack has 2.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Allroad (94.3 vs. 92).

Cargo Capacity

The Golf Alltrack has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Allroad with its rear seat up (30.4 vs. 24.2 cubic feet). The Golf Alltrack has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the Allroad with its rear seat folded (66.5 vs. 58.5 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Golf Alltrack easier. The Golf Alltrack’s trunk lift-over height is 24.8 inches, while the Allroad’s liftover is 26.1 inches.

Ergonomics

The Allroad’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Golf Alltrack (except S)’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

The Golf Alltrack SE/SEL has a 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Allroad doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Golf Alltrack (except S)’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Allroad doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The Volkswagen Golf comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Audi Allroad isn’t available as a four door.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Golf Alltrack second among compact cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Allroad isn’t in the top three.

The Golf was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 13 of the last 13 years. The Allroad has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Golf as their 2015 Car of the Year. The Allroad has never been chosen.

The Volkswagen Golf/GTI outsold the Audi A4/S4 by 22% during 2018.

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