FOR gripping golf, follow the crowds to the Ryder Cup. For an even grippier Golf, make tracks for next month’s Paris Motor Show, where Volkswagen will unveil its new Golf Alltrack.
Blending estate-car practicality with a smattering of off-road capability and foul weather surefootedness, the Alltrack justifies its roughty-toughty looks with an all-wheel drive powertrain, 20mm more ground clearance than a standard Golf, hill descent control and adjustable throttle settings for smooth progress in slippery conditions.
Engine choices are one petrol – a 176bhp turbocharged 1.8-litre – and three turbodiesels – a 108bhp 1.6-litre and a brace of 2.0-litre units developing 148bhp and 181bhp. The petrol-engined car and the most powerful diesel are fitted with a six-speed paddle-shift automatic gearbox as standard.
From the outside, the black protective wheel arch mouldings let the world know you’re driving an Alltrack, as do the 17-inch alloy wheels that are unique to this car.
Interior highlights include a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear shift lever and custom seat covers with the “Alltrack” badge on the backs of the front seats.
The Alltrack is expected to go on sale in the UK next summer. Paris Motor Show opens on 2 October and we expect to know UK prices soon after.