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On the EPA test cycle the Terrain AWD with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Golf Alltrack Auto (25 city/28 hwy vs. 22 city/30 hwy).
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Terrain’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The Terrain AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Golf Alltrack (15.6 vs. 14.5 gallons).
The Terrain has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
The GMC Terrain comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Golf Alltrack.
A nine-speed automatic is standard on the GMC Terrain, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Golf Alltrack.
For better stopping power the Terrain’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Golf Alltrack:
The Terrain stops shorter than the Golf Alltrack:
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For better traction, the Terrain has larger standard tires than the Golf Alltrack (225/65R17 vs. 205/55R17). The Terrain’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Golf Alltrack (235/50R19 vs. 225/45R18).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Terrain offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Golf Alltrack’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.
The Terrain has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Terrain’s wheelbase is 3.8 inches longer than on the Golf Alltrack (107.3 inches vs. 103.5 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Terrain is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 2.8 inches wider in the rear than on the Golf Alltrack.
For greater off-road capability the Terrain SLT/Denali has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Golf Alltrack (7.9 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Terrain to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The front grille of the Terrain uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Terrain uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Terrain has 8.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Golf Alltrack (103.2 vs. 94.3).
The Terrain has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, 4.1 inches more rear legroom and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Golf Alltrack.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Terrain’s rear seats recline. The Golf Alltrack’s rear seats don’t recline.
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Terrain SLE/SLT/Denali’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Terrain (except SL) offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the Terrain SLT/Denali, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a power liftgate.
The Terrain has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Golf Alltrack has no towing capacity.
The Terrain (except SL) offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
When two different drivers share the Terrain (except SL/SLE), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a memory system.
The Terrain (except SL/SLE)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
The Terrain’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Golf Alltrack does not have an oil pressure gauge.
The Terrain’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Golf Alltrack has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.
On a hot day the Terrain’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Golf Alltrack can’t use the remote to operate the windows.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Terrain has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Golf Alltrack only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
When the Terrain with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Golf Alltrack’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
The Terrain SLT/Denali has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Golf Alltrack offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
Both the Terrain and the Golf Alltrack offer available heated front seats. The Terrain Denali also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Golf Alltrack.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the Terrain Denali keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
On extremely cold winter days, the Terrain’s optional (except SL/SLE) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the GMC Terrain Denali has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
The Terrain is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
The GMC Terrain outsold the Volkswagen Golf/GTI by almost three to one during 2018.
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