*minor update*Has this morphed into Rental Car Roulette?
So earlier this month my company car went from a 2012 Jeep Patriot to a 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack. Base model but not what you'd think in a base model. I'm posting now before it gets wrapped with the company colors and name.
This week was my first road trip in it. I drove 430mi today which now puts it in the 1100mi range so this is probably time to give an "expert" review.
2019 VW Golf Alltrack S 1.8TSI 6-Speed DSG. What do you get in an S trim Alltrack? Heated seats, leatherette seats (which in mine is a creamy bright tan), carplay/android auto, blind spot awareness, front assist which as far as I can tell just warns you if someone is too close in front. I haven't tested if it brakes for you and I'm not inclined to try. I imagine it does but I chickened out letting cruise control accelerate up behind somebody on the highway so I guess I did try...
Ride is a little harder than the Patriot but more controlling where bumps in the road don't make the rear end step out sideways from the front. Steering is nice and tight, not as much as a GTI but its good enough and not too twitchy for long distance driving. Currently I have steering feel in normal mode sport mode is too much for normal driving. Acceleration is good and the engine/trans combo leaves enough torque available for lane changes and speeding up to pass without the need to drop a gear. Turbo will kick in if you press a little harder then whats really needed but it seems to want to hang in gears better which is welcomed. Something I also noticed is, I've got a decent hill while leaving out of the "back" of my neighborhood, if you're driving up, you hang in a gear so that you're not down at 1,000RPM bogging the engine which is a nice touch. Pulling away from a stop light causes you to feel the clutches engaging 1st gear. Kind of weird but I've gotten used to it. There's still enough low end power that it doesn't feel like you're holding people back. I've had to reprogram how I accelerate because once the clutches engage, you feel more power so, I've had to learn to not push the throttle down so far to achieve the same desired effect. I've heard you're not supposed to "creep" in traffic where your foot is on the brake but just lightly enough that the car pulls you along. A torque converter transmission is totally ok with this as you slip against that to balance low speed driving like in traffic. I've read that you really shouldn't do this as the car is trying to maintain the speed and the clutches are engaged. Due to this information, I've just been learning to create more of a gap so that I can creep without brake or throttle which hopefully is fine. All that said, gear change is nice and smooth otherwise. Road noise is similar, a bit more quiet though the frequency I think a touch lower in tonal resonance so less white noise and more pink noise than the Patriot.
I'm really enjoying this so far. After my 6.5-7hr drive, I had no tailbone pain, and little to no stiffness everywhere else (huh huh). Maybe this is because it's a new car but I've never been able to drive this long without being in some sort of annoying stiffness or lower back pain. This does have lumbar support so that's most likely why things were good.
I averaged 30.7 MPG with an average speed of 64mph. Most of the way I was sitting at 75MPH but was slowed down due to road construction all through Wisconsin and part of Minnesota. It's that time of year folks!
Trunk space is slightly narrower than the Patriot but the Alltrack is deeper (giggity). I'd say its a wash for trunk space especially for the miniscule amount of junk I drive with compared to other people in this field. I think this was probably a better option than the 1.4L and 8-speed auto. Only time will tell for reliability... So far, 1,000+ miles and no check engine lights. I hope I have a legit VAG product.
P.S. Are Alltracks supposed to have silver mirror caps on an otherwise white car?
The way I look at it, ideally auto braking shouldn't be needed. Still, we're human and it all takes is two seconds of concentrating at the wrong thing (touchscreen, phone, pretty sights on the sidewalk...) to run over a pedestrian or something. If auto braking can prevent even one fatal accident, I'm all for it.
Heh. I REALLY like that feature. It's saved my ass a few times since owning the eGolf, once from doing exactly what you said (messing with the radio while someone does an emergency stop in front of you), once while parking it saw a low tree trunk I couldn't see and stopped me from crashing into it. It's been my friend ever since. That, coupled with adaptive cruise, and you hardly need to use the pedals at all.The way I look at it, ideally auto braking shouldn't be needed. Still, we're human and it all takes is two seconds of concentrating at the wrong thing (touchscreen, phone, pretty sights on the sidewalk...) to run over a pedestrian or something. If auto braking can prevent even one fatal accident, I'm all for it.
Original price 126k SFR/121k Euros for an A6 Diesel? Holy fuck, have they lined the boot with gold-pressed latinum or something?This example has done 31'290km (19450mi) and is currently for sale at a whopping 77'700 SFR, (74'600 EUR, 84'100 USD, 63'150 GPD), - Think about that for a moment: this thing has lost 38% of its value in the first 24 months! - Now try to talk me into buying a new car.
^ I think it's just one with many extras ticked. You know how fast that adds up. Soon enough you buy one car for the price of two.