Volkswagen ensures the versatility of the 2021 Golf with the world premiere of the new Golf Estate and Golf Alltrack variants, joining the standard hatchback, hybrid, and performance-focused GTI in the Golf’s current lineup.
As the names suggest, the 2021 Golf Estate is an executive-styled vehicle, while the 2021 Golf Alltrack is more of an outdoor-oriented offroader.
As this is just the second year of the vehicle’s eighth generation, much of the car’s exterior is carried over from the base hatchback model. The signature sloping roofline and steeply angled rear windscreen are still here, but there’s a longer rear overhang and a different pair of taillights to distinguish the new additions.
2021 Volkswagen Golf Estate
The 2021 Volkswagen Golf Estate is a standalone model that boasts a longer wheelbase of 2,686mm and a more SUV-like stance than the standard model, the latter feature aided by to a higher ground clearance and beefier body cladding.
The longer wheelbase translates to an additional 65mm compared to the seventh-generation Golf, which means more legroom.
An R-Line trim, available to the Estate as an option, imbues this variant with sportier body kits and gloss black trims.
2021 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
A 4Motion four-wheel drive coupled with a raised ride height lends the new Alltrack some off-road bragging rights. While the previous model only carried a 2.0-liter diesel engine under the hood, the new Alltrack will have a range of gasoline powertrains as well, but this will depend on the market. However, hybrid options have not yet been announced.
Body cladding around the lower perimeter helps identify the Alltrack from the rest of the Golf pack, and depending on powertrain, the vehicle can have a towing power of up to 2,000kg.
Changes between the incoming and outgoing models are more pronounced in the cabin, as nearly all the buttons of old have been replaced with touch-sensitive panels that let you know they’re activated by giving you a little buzz when they’re pressed.
Two large screens come standard on the dash, with one on the instrument panel replacing the analog dials of the old model, and the other one serving as an infotainment display. The aforementioned longer wheelbase also benefits the Alltrack with impressive legroom.
Mechanically, the powertrain options in the standard Golf are available in the new Estate and Golf, but as mentioned, their availability will depend on the market in which the Golf will be sold. Engine will either be a 1.5-liter engine with 128 or 148hp or a 2.0-liter diesel with 113 or 148hp. Transmission will either be a 7-speed dual clutch automatic or 6-speed manual.
Volkswagen was supposed to debut the GTD variant of its top selling hatchback, the VW Golf, at cancelled the Geneva Motor Show last March. Volkswagen plans to launch the Golf Estate and Alltrack in Europe late this year, with rollout to other markets beginning early 2021.
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