Volkswagen Golf Alltrack (2015 -) Buying & Selling

Review by Graeme Lambert on
Last Updated: 02 Mar 2016
4.2
Even the briefest of glances in the direction of the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack confirms that this is the familiar Audi A6 Allroad, Volvo V90 Cross Country and, of course, VW Passat Alltrack recipe writ small. Being more compact, the Golf Estate-based Alltrack will be more cost-effective to run, but it operates in a niche with little competition, save primarily for its in-house cousins, the SEAT Leon X-Perience and Skoda Octavia Scout.

3 out of 5

Buying new

  • Only one trim level available
  • Brighter colours show off Alltrack package better
  • Manual-gearboxed 150hp engine is our pick

There’s only one Golf Alltrack specification available, and just two engines to choose from with this Volkswagen, so there’s little chance of ordering something wrong.

That said, the entry-level 2.0-litre 150hp TDI is our pick of the range, so if you have one eye on resale it’s the engine to choose.

The auto-only 184hp 2.0-litre will appeal to those who want a more relaxed driving experience.

Bright colours work well, as they show up the contrasting arch extensions and bumper protectors better.

It’s a rather niche product though, so don’t automatically assume there’ll be legions available through brokers, and VW dealers aren’t renowned for particularly large discounts.

Expect it to be conspicuous by its absence on company car lists as well.

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4 out of 5

Buying used

Essentially the Alltrack may be a jacked-up Golf Estate with a rugged bodykit and four-wheel drive, and not very likely to spend much time in the rough stuff, but that scenario is still a possibility. Therefore it’s vital to check that there’s no damage from anyone exploring the 4x4 capabilities.

It’s far more likely this car will have spent its time jostling for position on the school run or in supermarket car parks, so do ensure there’s no bodywork dings or unsightly scuffed alloy wheels.

The interior may have come in for a literal kicking from children, so don’t be surprised to see the odd mark or scratch on the interior trim.

Being based on the venerable Golf it’ll be reliable too, and high mileages shouldn’t be an issue as long as the service schedule has been adhered to.

There are only a handful of engine and specification choices available, but it’s worth trying to find one in a bright colour as it stands out against the rugged body panel extensions.

And whatever you do, invest in a Parkers Car History Check just to make sure you know exactly what life your prospective Golf Alltrack has led before you come to purchase it.

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4 out of 5

Selling

Chances are you won’t have ventured very far from the beaten track in your Golf Alltrack, but if you have ensure that it’s not picked up any bodywork or underside damage along the way. If it has, have it rectified before advertising it for sale.

It goes without saying the car should be clean, inside and out, with any signs of children and their paraphernalia removed before taking pictures or showing it to prospective buyers.

Making sure there’s plenty of tread left on the tyres, hopefully evenly worn due to the four-wheel drive system, will inspire confidence with buyers and it’s good to be able to show them a full service history and all other associated documentation.