2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

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Safety

The Golf Alltrack has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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 Rogue Sport 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 Rogue Sport.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Golf Alltrack’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the Golf Alltrack and the Rogue Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, 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 Rogue Sport has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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

The Golf Alltrack’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Rogue Sport’s (10 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 15th.

Engine

The Golf Alltrack’s 1.8 turbo 4 cyl. produces 27 more horsepower (168 vs. 141) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (199 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is faster than the Nissan Rogue Sport (automatics tested):

Golf

Rogue Sport

Zero to 30 MPH

2.3 sec

3.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.1 sec

9.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.6 sec

16.9 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

4 sec

5.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.8 MPH

80.6 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

The Golf Alltrack stops much shorter than the Rogue Sport:

Golf

Rogue Sport

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

137 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 Rogue Sport S’ standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Golf Alltrack has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Rogue Sport S.

Suspension and Handling

The Golf Alltrack SEL handles at .85 G’s, while the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Golf Alltrack SEL executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.6 seconds quicker than the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 (27 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Golf Alltrack’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Rogue Sport’s (35.8 feet vs. 36.9 feet).

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 Rogue Sport (.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 inches more rear headroom and 2.2 inches more rear legroom than the Rogue Sport.

Cargo Capacity

The Golf Alltrack has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Rogue Sport with its rear seat up (30.4 vs. 22.9 cubic feet). The Golf Alltrack has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Rogue Sport with its rear seat folded (66.5 vs. 61.1 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

The Golf Alltrack uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Rogue Sport uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The Golf Alltrack has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Rogue Sport doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Golf Alltrack and the Rogue Sport have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Golf Alltrack is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Rogue Sport prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Golf Alltrack’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Rogue Sport’s passenger windows don’t open or 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 Rogue Sport can only operate 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 Rogue Sport’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 Rogue Sport 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’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

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 Rogue Sport doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack and the Nissan Rogue Sport, 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 Rogue Sport 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 Rogue Sport has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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

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