2021 Volkswagen Golf Variant, Alltrack Debut With Space To Spare
The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf lineup continues to expand, at least in markets outside of the United States. In addition to the standard hatchback, hybrid, and performance-oriented GTI, we now have the Volkswagen Golf Variant and Alltrack models, which have officially debuted.
Of course, we’re talking about the long-roof version of the Golf, designed for families who aren’t necessarily interested in what SUVs have to offer. The good news for the new generation is that there is now more space than ever to transport children, people, cargo, or just to enjoy the outdoors.
The variant is longer and has a longer wheelbase than before. Specifically, it reaches an overall length of 182.28 inches (4.63 meters) and sits on a wheelbase of 105.75 inches (2.68 meters). Compared to the seventh-generation model, it’s more than a foot more overall with 2.6 inches more between the wheels. This results in more legroom, which increases by about 1.5 inches. The width and height (without roof rails) are exactly the same as those of the Golf five-door.
Also, the boot is slightly larger than the old variant and we mean slightly. With the rear seats in place, you find 21.58 cubic feet (611 liters) while 21.37 cubic feet (605 liters) previously existed. Fold things up and the space expands to 57.99 cubic feet (1,642 liters), which is an equally blind increase. The cargo area has bag hooks and tie-down rings, and can also be fitted with two outlets, one 12-volt and one 230-volt. As an option, the gate has a hands-free function, by which you simply have to put your foot under the bumper to open it. Of course, the key has to be nearby for this to happen.
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Since we are already familiar with the Golf 8, the discussion of the design changes is relegated to the background. The slightly marked shoulders, the rear spoiler and the bulk of the bumper create a decidedly sporty appearance for this wagon, even more if you choose the R-Line version. Meanwhile, the side view of the new Golf Variant is reminiscent of a coupe thanks to the design of the third side window. It’s a nice optical trick for the exterior, as if it looks like the roofline is lower, the headroom for the occupants promises to be quite good.
Mechanically speaking under the hood you’ll find the same power options as the standard Golf. For Europe, that means a range of turbocharged gasoline or diesel engines, ranging from 110 to 150 horsepower. It is possible that some engine options will be exclusive in various regions, but it looks like full hybrids won’t be offered, at least right away. Such platforms would take up valuable cargo space, but VW’s mild hybrid eTSI option is still available here.
Very non-hybrid would be a high performance R model, which we hope will arrive later. Spy photos showing a variant with quad tailpipes and low profile tires are certainly encouraging on this front, to say the least.
As for the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack 2021, it will be launched alongside the Variant with standard 4Motion all-wheel drive and more ground clearance. Of course, it stands out for its outdoor lifestyle aesthetic, achieved through plastic coating around the lower perimeter of the body. The interior is also conveniently customized, and depending on engine choice, it is capable of towing up to 4,400 pounds (2,000 kilograms).
Volkswagen says the Variant and Alltrack will be launched in late 2020 as 2021 models for the European market. A wider launch in markets outside of Europe will follow in 2021, but don’t count on US shores. Prices will be announced closer to the on-sale date.