Looking for an alternative to the Subaru Outback or the current crop of compact crossovers on the market? Volkswagen may just have the solution for you. For 2017, it’s adding a new crossover to its lineup–the 2017 Golf Alltrack.
The Golf Alltrack shares much with the 2016 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen. It’s still a 5 passenger station wagon with the same turbo-charged 1.8-liter, 170 horsepower 4 cylinder engine. Brakes, steering systems, and interior dimensions are the same. However, the Alltrack differs in some key areas. Read on to find out what’s new with the 2017 Golf Alltrack.
The Golf Alltrack comes standard with Volkswagen’s innovative 4Motion AWD. If VW’s system senses slippage, it moves engine power to create reliable traction and stability even in crosswinds.
This system still allows the Alltrack to feel like a regular Golf during everyday driving, while seamlessly engaging AWD as necessary.
The Golf Alltrack also has hill-descent control and lengthened ABS pulses to allow for more give in off-road conditions. The driving selector mode option also has a menu that shows altitude, compass, and the steering angle. Drivers should enjoy the driving experience on road, as well as its off-road capabilities.
Higher Ground Clearance
In addition to the Off-Road setting, ground clearance is also higher allowing for .6 inches more space between the Golf Alltrack and the road. This still puts it under the clearance for many crossovers, but it does make a difference.
Drivers will enjoy the higher viewing position and the additional clearance makes enhances modest off-road driving. The Golf Alltrack also looks higher due to the dark plastic trim on the lower body of the vehicle.
Ample Room & Good Fuel Economy
The Golf Alltrack offers competitve cargo space for its class. The model seats 5 and has 30.4 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats up and 66.5 cubic feet with the seats folded. While not as spacious as the Outback, its cargo room is comparable to the Ford Escape, which is at 34.3/67.8, respectively.
Fuel economy for the Golf Alltrack is rated at 22-mpg city and 30-mpg highway, which is comparable to the Escape, but as efficient as other compact crossover models such as the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Mazda CX-5.
New Design and Interior Features
The Alltrack has a redesigned front end, and has matching exhaust outlets on the corners of the rear. It comes standard with leatherette upholstery that looks amazingly similar to leather and is very durable and easy to clean. Heated seats are also standard on the Golf Alltrack.
The Golf Alltrack is offered in three trim lines: S, SE and SEL. A base S trim model has a suggested MSRP of $26,950 with a six-speed automatic transmission. A well-equipped SEL with navigation will likely top $32,000.
The Golf Alltrack joins the Tiguan in Volkswagen’s smaller crossover lineup. The Tiguan will feature a longer wheelbase for 2017, and is worth a look as well. With many other features to catch your attention, consider the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack and see if it’s your preferred all-wheel drive wagon/crossover.