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BabyDrive Verdict

With SUVs well and truly winning the popularity race as the new family cars of choice in Australia, at BabyDrive we wanted to put the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack wagon through its paces and see if we have been converted to being SUV lovers or if there is still a place in our hearts for the old-school wagons!!

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Overall I found the Golf Alltrack Wagon a very suitable family car, the boot space being a wagon is awesome, and it is a very practical and usable shaped space. I was amazed how much I could fit in the boot! 15 shopping bags (that's one more than the Subaru Levorg!)

The double stroller fitted with six shopping bags, our Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle stroller and seven shopping bags or our Steelecraft Holiday2 umbrella stroller and 10 shopping bags! I loved the side wells in the boot too and found them particularly useful for storing wet gear!

I have not had to think when driving the Golf Alltrack, it is a very easy car to just jump in and drive, as well as being stable in bends and a lot of fun! It has everything I require for a BabyDrive; excellent visibility, good space and storage capacity. The air conditioning and media system are very easy to use and I can wear a ponytail whilst driving the Golf!

The rear seat space I have found very good for installing child seats. There are two ISOFix in the rear outer seats and top tethers in all three rear seats.

I was able to easily install two rear-facing child seats with plenty of room still for the 184cm front passengers. The Mountain Buggy Protect infant capsule and the Infasecure Kompressor4 both rear facing, in the outer seats.

The headrests are a great shape for attaching a child’s rearview mirror to. My daughter has been very happy travelling in this car.

My only major concern driving the Golf Wagon is there is an initial delay when you accelerate from a standstill, the car is soooo slow to take off making it really frustrating! I could compensate for it most of the time but when I forgot and pulled out at a roundabout or junction expecting an instant response it just wasn’t there and I was so scared of being hit from the side on a few occasions.
This delay really ruined the almost perfect Golf Alltrack Wagon for me! I love driving and I am not sure this is something I would want to live with.

I also felt the model we drove did not feel as special as I was hoping it would. I always thought driving a Golf the vehicle would feel a little more flash and sporty, but this Golf feels very basic, practical and functional! This may be because the car we drove was the most basic spec of the Alltrack models, the exterior was ‘appliance white' and the interior had cloth seats, making it feel built to a price!
These were the only few things I could fault the Golf Alltrack Wagon on and in terms of the vehicle's shape and ride it is just as good and better than many SUVs I have tested for BabyDrive!

BabyDrive Indepth

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