2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack vs. 2019 Lexus UX Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Golf Alltrack has standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The UX Series 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.

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

The Golf Alltrack SE/SEL has standard Car-Net, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The UX Series doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Golf Alltrack and the UX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, 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 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The UX Series 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 UX Series’ 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 22000 miles sooner.

The Golf Alltrack’s corrosion warranty is 4 years longer than the UX Series’ (10 vs. 6 years).

There are almost 3 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Golf Alltrack’s warranty.

Reliability

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

Engine

The Golf Alltrack’s 1.8 turbo 4 cyl. produces 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (199 vs. 151) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Golf Alltrack has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (14.5 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Golf Alltrack has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (14.5 vs. 12.4 gallons).

Tires and Wheels

The Golf Alltrack’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the UX Series’ 50 series tires.

Chassis

The design of the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack amounts to more than styling. The Golf Alltrack has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .31 Cd. That is lower than the UX Series (.33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Golf Alltrack get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The Golf Alltrack has 3.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the UX Series (94.3 vs. 90.4).

The Golf Alltrack has 1.4 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 2.3 inches more rear headroom, 2.5 inches more rear legroom and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the UX Series.

Cargo Capacity

The Golf Alltrack has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the UX Series (30.4 vs. 21.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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 UX Series’

The UX Series F SPORT’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 (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 UX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

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

The Golf was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 12 of the last 12 years. The UX Series has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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

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