2020 Chevrolet Blazer vs. 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Blazer are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Blazer are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Blazer LT/RS/Premier offers an optional HD Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Golf Alltrack only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Blazer and the Golf Alltrack 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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There are almost 5 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Blazer’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.

Engine

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The Blazer’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 25 more horsepower (193 vs. 168) than the Golf Alltrack’s 1.8 turbo 4-cylinder. The Blazer’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 62 more horsepower (230 vs. 168) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 199) than the Golf Alltrack’s 1.8 turbo 4-cylinder. The Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 140 more horsepower (308 vs. 168) and 71 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 199) than the Golf Alltrack’s 1.8 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Chevrolet Blazer V6 is faster than the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack (automatics tested):

Blazer

Golf Alltrack

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

8.5 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

3.1 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96 MPH

87 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Blazer V6’s fuel efficiency. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Blazer’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Blazer FWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Golf Alltrack (19.4 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Blazer AWD’s standard fuel tank has 7.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Golf Alltrack (21.7 vs. 14.5 gallons).

The Blazer has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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The Chevrolet Blazer comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Golf Alltrack.

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Blazer, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Golf Alltrack.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Blazer’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Golf Alltrack:

Blazer

Golf Alltrack

Front Rotors

12.64 inches

11.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

10.7 inches

The Blazer stops shorter than the Golf Alltrack:

Blazer

Golf Alltrack

70 to 0 MPH

165 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Blazer has larger standard tires than the Golf Alltrack (235/65R18 vs. 205/55R17). The Blazer RS/Premier’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Golf Alltrack (265/45R21 vs. 225/45R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Blazer has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Golf Alltrack. The Blazer RS/Premier’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the Golf Alltrack.

The Chevrolet Blazer’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Blazer has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Blazer’s wheelbase is 9.2 inches longer than on the Golf Alltrack (112.7 inches vs. 103.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Blazer is 5.5 inches wider in the front and 6.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Golf Alltrack.

The Blazer RS 4x4 handles at .87 G’s, while the Golf Alltrack SEL pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Blazer RS 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Golf Alltrack SEL (27.1 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Blazer has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Golf Alltrack (7.4 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Blazer to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Blazer uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Blazer uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Blazer has 13.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Golf Alltrack (107.8 vs. 94.3).

The Blazer has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, 4 inches more rear legroom and 4.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Golf Alltrack.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Blazer’s rear seats recline. The Golf Alltrack’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Blazer’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Blazer. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Blazer (except L) offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the Blazer RS/Premier, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

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The Blazer has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Golf Alltrack has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Blazer (except L) offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the Blazer (except L/LT), the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Blazer (except L/LT)’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Blazer’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Golf Alltrack does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Blazer’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Golf Alltrack has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

On a hot day the Blazer’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Golf Alltrack can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Blazer has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Golf Alltrack only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the Blazer’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Golf Alltrack’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

When the Blazer with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Golf Alltrack’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Blazer offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Golf Alltrack offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Blazer and the Golf Alltrack offer available heated front seats. The Blazer also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Golf Alltrack.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Blazer (except L/LT) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Blazer RS/Premier’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Blazer has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Golf Alltrack SEL.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Chevrolet Blazer RS/Premier offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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The Blazer is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Blazer first among midsize SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Golf Alltrack isn’t in the top three in its category.

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