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Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Passport deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Passport’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Golf Alltrack’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Collision Mitigation Braking System in the Passport as “Superior.” The Golf Alltrack scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”
Both the Passport 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.
The Honda Passport weighs 564 to 886 pounds more than the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Passport the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Golf Alltrack was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.
Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Passport 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volkswagen covers the Golf Alltrack. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Golf Alltrack ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
The Passport’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Golf Alltrack’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).
There are over 60 percent more Honda dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Passport’s warranty.
The engine in the Passport has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Golf Alltrack has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in initial quality. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 15 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.
The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 112 more horsepower (280 vs. 168) and 63 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 199) than the Golf Alltrack’s 1.8 turbo 4-cylinder.
As tested in Consumer Reports the Honda Passport is faster than the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack (automatics tested):
Zero to 30 MPH
Zero to 60 MPH
45 to 65 MPH Passing
Speed in 1/4 Mile
An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Passport’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 Passport’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 Passport has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Golf Alltrack (19.5 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The Passport 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.
The Honda Passport 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 Honda Passport, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Golf Alltrack.
For better stopping power the Passport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Golf Alltrack:
For better traction, the Passport has larger standard tires than the Golf Alltrack (245/50R20 vs. 205/55R17). The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Golf Alltrack (265/45R20 vs. 225/45R18).
The Passport Sport/EX-L’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Golf Alltrack’s standard 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Passport has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Golf Alltrack. The Golf Alltrack’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.
The Passport 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.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Passport’s wheelbase is 7.4 inches longer than on the Golf Alltrack (110.9 inches vs. 103.5 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Passport is 5.9 inches wider in the front and 7.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Golf Alltrack.
For greater off-road capability the Passport has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Golf Alltrack (8.1 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Passport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Passport has an electronically controlled liquid-filled main engine mount. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Golf Alltrack uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.
The Passport 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.
The Passport has 21.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Golf Alltrack (115.9 vs. 94.3).
The Passport has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 6.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, 4 inches more rear legroom and 8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Golf Alltrack.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Passport’s rear seats recline. The Golf Alltrack’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Golf Alltrack with its rear seat up (41.2 vs. 30.4 cubic feet). The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Golf Alltrack with its rear seat folded (77.9 vs. 66.5 cubic feet).
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Passport’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 Passport. 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 Passport EX-L/Touring/Elite has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the Passport Touring/Elite, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a power liftgate.
The Passport has a 3500 lbs. towing capacity. The Golf Alltrack has no towing capacity.
The Passport has a standard 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 Passport EX-L/Touring/Elite, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a memory system.
The Passport Touring/Elite’s standard easy entry system 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.
If the windows are left open on the Passport the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or 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 Passport 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 Passport’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Golf Alltrack’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Passport’s headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Golf Alltrack’s headlights are rated “Poor.”
When the Passport EX-L/Touring/Elite 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 Passport Elite has standard 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 Passport and the Golf Alltrack offer available heated front seats. The Passport Touring/Elite also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Golf Alltrack.
Standard air-conditioned seats in the Passport Elite 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 Passport Elite’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 Passport 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 Honda Passport Elite has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
The Passport is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
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