2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack vs. 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

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Safety

The Golf Alltrack has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Blazer doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

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 Blazer doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Golf Alltrack. But it costs extra on the Blazer.

Both the Golf Alltrack and the Blazer have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Golf Alltrack the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 155 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Blazer has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Golf Alltrack comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The Blazer’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 3 years and 36,000 miles sooner.

The Golf Alltrack’s corrosion warranty is 4 years and unlimited miles longer than the Blazer’s (10/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

Reliability

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Blazer’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Golf Alltrack’s reliability 29 points higher than the Blazer.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volkswagen 7 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

The Golf Alltrack’s 1.8 turbo 4 cyl. produces 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (199 vs. 188) than the Blazer’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is faster than the Chevrolet Blazer 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Golf

Blazer

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

22.2 sec

24.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

85 MPH

Top Speed

129 MPH

120 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Golf Alltrack gets better fuel mileage than the Blazer:

MPG

Golf Alltrack

AWD

Manual

1.8 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

Auto

1.8 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

Blazer

FWD

Auto

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

20 city/26 hwy

AWD

Auto

3.6 DOHC V618

21 city/25 hwy

Transmission

The Golf Alltrack offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and sportiness. The Blazer doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

The Golf Alltrack offers an optional sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Blazer doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

The Golf Alltrack stops shorter than the Blazer:

Golf

Blazer

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The Golf Alltrack’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Blazer’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Golf Alltrack SEL handles at .85 G’s, while the Blazer RS 4x4 pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Golf Alltrack’s turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the Blazer’s (35.8 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 900 pounds less than the Chevrolet Blazer.

The Golf Alltrack is 11.2 inches shorter than the Blazer, making the Golf Alltrack easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Golf Alltrack is 5.9 inches narrower than the Blazer, making the Golf Alltrack easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The Golf Alltrack is 7.3 inches shorter in height than the Blazer, making the Golf Alltrack much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Cargo Capacity

The Golf Alltrack has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Blazer with its rear seat folded (66.5 vs. 64.2 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 Blazer’s liftover is 30.4 inches.

Ergonomics

The Golf Alltrack’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Blazer’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Golf Alltrack the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows with the driver’s door power window switch. The driver of the Blazer can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Golf Alltrack’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Blazer’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Golf Alltrack SE/SEL has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Blazer doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Golf Alltrack (except S) also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

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 Blazer doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Chevrolet Blazer isn't recommended.

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

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

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