2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack: A New Car to Bring the Wagon Back
We know all about the Volkswagen Golf and have admired it for many years. The Golf has had a variant on the market in the form of the SportWagen that was made to be a wagon that we would love. This version of the Golf is admirable and enjoyable, but not quite what we want when we’re looking for a vehicle that has the ground clearance of an SUV but the size and cargo space of the SportWagen. In comes the Golf Alltrack which is built on the same platform but feels like a tiny and squat SUV for us to drive.
The Golf Alltrack can best be described as the direct competitor to the Subaru Outback. this is an AWD wagon that has the short wheelbase to be maneuverable on the road and on the trails while offering you a riding position that feels like a car with the ground clearance of an SUV. This vehicle is built to handle dirt, foul weather and will make it a lot of fun for you to have a ride onto some of the more challenging trails you can find in your area as you bring all the gear you need in this frisky little vehicle.
The Alltrack is offered in three trim levels; S, SE and SEL. The S is the base model and it offers you faux-leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, heated windshield washer nozzles, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, an eight-way partially power operated driver’s seat, a rearview camera, a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, HD Radio, USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, the Car-Net system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Moving up the features to the SE trim adds automatic headlights, rain sensing windshield wipers, push button starting, a Fender premium audio system and a panoramic sunroof. At the SEL trim level you have dual-zone climate controls, an upgraded infotainment system, a navigation system with off road data, 18-inch wheels and a 12-way power driver’s seat. The Driver Assistance Package can be added and bring in forward collision warnings, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and park distance control. If you add this package to the SEL you get to add lane departure warnings, bi-xenon headlights and an auto dimming rearview mirror.
When you look at the VW Golf Alltrack it might look a little odd at first, but it makes perfect sense. This larger Golf version offers you the cargo space you need to be able to bring all the gear along that you want to have with you. The rear cargo area is a full 30 cubic feet and if you were to put the seats down you’d find 66.5 cubic feet for you to fill. This is much more than some of the SUVs on the market today, making this little vehicle one that can carry the load.
The power for this little car comes from only one engine and that is the 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This power plant provides 170 horsepower and 199 lb.-ft. of torque. Knowing this car is still a small vehicle this engine is plenty big enough to give you the power you want. The transmission offered is a six-speed dual clutch automatic and it helps to provide you with 22 city/30 hwy mpg. This is an efficient and smart vehicle for you to have the ride you’ve been searching for.
If you’d like to have a small wagon that can head out to the wilderness and not have to deal with the tall ride height or rollover possibility of an SUV, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is the model for you. This is a great little vehicle that can be the model for the wagons of the future and help bring back a once popular style of vehicle with a new set of rules and capabilities. Come in and check out this little car at your local Volkswagen dealer and see how much fun and space it gives you to enjoy.