If you’re looking for a vehicle with ample cargo space as well as above-average seating capacity and utility, a crossover wagon could be the ideal choice. These comfortable vehicles combine style, fuel efficiency, and advanced handling, making them some of the most resurgent cars on the road today. Just don’t expect to have the same ground clearance as a Jeep Wrangler.
Here are just four of the top crossover wagons for the 2017 model year.
Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
While the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack might resemble your parent’s station wagon in some respects, the differences soon become apparent. The Alltrack is a slightly-lifted crossover version of the Golf Sportwagen but maintains much of its fuel economy and features.
The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack features a 1.8-liter, 170-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine, with standard 4Motion AWD paired with its six-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission. This makes for a fun ride in a vehicle that is both responsive, and that delivers commendable fuel economy (24/34 mpg).
Inside, the Alltrack offers 30 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and some impressive standard features. The base model has a standard 6.5-inch touch screen, heated seats, VW’s Car-Net smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and backup camera. While a stylish choice in crossover wagons, the Volkswagen Alltrack will still have stiff competition from the Subaru Outback.
The larger Subaru Outback has a loyal following of active lifestyle drivers. The 2017 Outback remains a top competitor in the crossover wagon market. The Outback is an excellent value. The base Outback is over $1,200 cheaper than Golf Alltrack, and it offers 1.8 inches more ground clearance.
The 2017 Subaru Outback features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, with an efficient continuously variable transmission. Its EPA fuel economy ratings are the same as the Golf Alltrack (24/34).
Inside, the Outback offers slightly more interior and cargo space than the Golf Alltrack but lags behind in standard features. These include a 6.2-inch touchscreen and a rearview camera.
Volvo V90 Cross Country
This is an all-new model for Volvo set to debut in the 2017 calendar year. It’s a lifted version by 2.5 inches of the new V90, an elegant new model from Volvo with a starting retail price of over $50,000. The model’s power will come from a turbo and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 316 horsepower. A turbocharged 240 horsepower 2.0-liter engine is also being offered in the U.S. and a hybrid version is also possible.
Take a look at this sneak peak.
Volvo offered the outgoing XC70 model many years until it was discontinued in 2016. The crossover wagon had off-road capability combined with a host of comfort features.
The 2016 XC70 delivered its power with a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-5 engine that’s both powerful and fuel efficient (23/31). When selecting the available AWD version, the XC70 was equipped with a raised suspension as well as scratch-resistant lower body panels.
The Volvo XC70 tows up 3,300 pounds, comfortably seat five adults, and has 33.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Standard features include heated power front seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, 7-inch color display with 8-speaker sound system, and safety auto-braking system.
Audi A4 Allroad
Another luxury crossover vehicle worth a look, the 2017 Audi A4 Allroad provides several benefits even at its base level. The Allroad offers 7.1 inches of ground clearance, which is a bit less than the Volvo XC70’s 8.3 inches.
The Audi A4 Allroad comes equipped with a standard AWD 2.0-liter turbocharged 252-hp seven-speed engine that allows the driver to switch between standard and Offroad mode. Unfortunately, with all that performance, its fuel economy is the lowest of this group (23/28).
Inside, the Allroad deliver 27 cubic feet of cargo space and some impressive standard features. These include leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, LED running lights, power liftgate, heated seats, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen.
Will other AWD off-road capable wagons be debuting in 2017? It looks promising as the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon All-Terrain may make its way state side. Stay tuned here for the latest.