2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen vs. 2019 Audi Allroad

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Golf SportWagen 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, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Golf SportWagen 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 SportWagen’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Golf SportWagen 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

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

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen as a “Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (SULEV). The Audi Allroad is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is optional on the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen 1.4 turbo 4 cyl., for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Allroad.

Brakes and Stopping

The Golf SportWagen stops shorter than the Allroad:

Golf

Allroad

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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

Chassis

The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 750 pounds less than the Audi Allroad.

The Golf SportWagen is 7.4 inches shorter than the Allroad, making the Golf SportWagen easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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

Cargo Capacity

The Golf SportWagen 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 SportWagen 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 SportWagen easier. The Golf SportWagen’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 SportWagen SE’s standard 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 SportWagen SE 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.

Model Availability

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

The Golf SportWagen is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The Allroad doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Golf SportWagen 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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