New York 2015: Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
new york 2015 volkswagen golf sportwagen alltrack

While we’re still waiting on powertrain specs for the Golf Alltrack, we know this – it will have AWD.

The Haldex system and a 20mm raised ride height are they key specs we know right now. Jalopnik is claiming that a DSG will be mandatory but both gasoline and diesel engines will be offered.

The base Sportwagen is a great car. Now, is this better or worse than an Audi Allroad?

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  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Apr 01, 2015

    I imagine this will only be very slightly cheaper than the Audi version, and thus will not sell well. This will be one of those "Look at this special Euro product we've provided for you!" moments for VW, where they get on a high horse about pricing.

    • Hreardon Hreardon on Apr 01, 2015

      No way, CoreyDL. This should be priced squarely in the $25-$32 market whereas the allroad starts at an eye watering $42k (hence why the CPO deals are the best). The allroad should depart the US market within the year as the B9 A4 intros later this year and they runout inventory. I doubt we'll see another one here after the current B8 model, but if we do it's a good 2-3 years out. I suspect we'll see the Golf Alltrack take the $25-$32 market and when the Passat Alltrack makes its way here it'll take up the $28-$35 market.

  • Jerome10 Jerome10 on Apr 01, 2015

    I know know... But I think it needs to be said... Hopefully a manual is available. Also what is the situation on the rear suspension? I was getting quite interested in the regular Sportwagen diesel, manual (honestly!) but then I learned that the AdBlue tank required to meet EPA diesel emissions has resulted in a torsion beam rear suspension in the diesel models. In Europe the diesels do not have AdBlue and thus get the independent rear. Ignore the VW fear for a bit and they're SO CLOSE on this car... Their TDI fans buy a high percentage of manual cars, so they get it right on the Sportwagen but then you're stuck with torsion beam. Then they add AWD which is an even bigger plus, and a diesel (no way!) but then no manual? Waiting on the suspension too. It's really just so close to perfect. Too lazy atm to go search but are other Haldex VWs (such as the Golf R) DSG only also? Is there a reason this system simply doesn't work with a manual box?

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    • Th009 Th009 on Apr 05, 2015

      @hreardon AdBlue is the gating factor, though. All Golf TDIs use the torsion beam rear axle to allow for the tank, and that rules out AWD.

  • S J I’m here to say I don’t know about H #, but in German b flat is sometimes called “H”.Thats why composers (Liszt IIRC) could compose a theme and variations on B A C H.b flat sharp would be C, so there wouldn’t be a point.
  • Tassos The original, iconic 1964 Mustang sold for about $2,000.Is anybody still in doubt that the US Dollar has gone straight to hell?
  • Tassos I just read in Electrek that Lucid had to lay off 18% of its workforce, which amounts to a HUGE (considering the very meager production numbers) ONE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED hard to replace employees laid off!!!
  • Kevin That wagon isn't worth 35,000 I paid 4,700 for a 68 chevelle and worth 80,000 today, when I bought it was 10x better shape than that but if someone wants it have at it but wouldn't be me.
  • MaintenanceCosts Assuming a level of refinement that's appropriately improved over the 9 years since the last car, these prices seem totally appropriate to me.