Compare the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack with the reigning king of the slightly-raised-station-wagon segment is an easy way to open a box of worms that you would wish you did not have. And yet, it’s inevitable: the venerable Outback of Subaru is even the chosen target of the marketing department of Volkswagen. But things are not so simple on paper.
2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Outside
If the exterior of the Alltrack sounds familiar, it should not surprise – the exterior is almost identical to the SportWagen Golf but with some extra ground clearance and some exclusive design tips. The front fascia is more aggressive thanks to black and silver sports accents, which sometimes causes observers to forget that it is actually a wagon. In addition, the side mirrors were painted Reflex Silver, as well as the roof bar, evoking a much more mechanized look.
The black coating was also added along the door panels and wheels, protecting the body from the stray rocks and other projectiles thrown along the dusty track. Even the wheels exude a robust but sporty atmosphere, which complements the Alltrack ensemble nicely. If this formula seems familiar, it is because Subaru has used it for decades on the popular Outback.
Inside of 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
Inside, the Alltrack is more distinct from its SportWagen brother with aluminum pedals and kickplates with exclusive Alltrack branding. The seats are comfortable as well, with ample legroom and standard leatherette throughout the cabin. Meanwhile, the massive panoramic roof is easy to use and bathes the interior with light on sunny days, which is ideal to enjoy the rare afternoon clouds in the Pacific Northwest.
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In addition to the attractive interior style, the amount of available cargo space is also impressive. The rear of the Alltrack features a sturdy 30.4 cu. Ft. Space behind the rear seats and an enormous 66.5 cu ft with the rear seats folded down. If it is not enough space for your equipment, the standard roof racks allow an even greater capacity. Given the fairly low roof height of 59.7 inches, the loading and unloading of kayaks or other gear to and from the roof rack should not be a problem for most middle-sized adults.
2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Engine
Power for the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack comes from the 1.8-liter turbocharged TSI I-4 from the automaker coupled with six-speed dual clutch transmission DSG and four-wheel drive 4Motion. The engine, which is also used in the Golf and Golf SportWagen, makes 170 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque in the Alltrack Golf.
At the track, the all-wheel-drive Golf Alltrack hit 60 mph in 7.4 seconds and sprinted at the end of the quarter mile in 15.7 seconds at 86.7 mph. He stopped 60 mph in 122 feet. For reference, the TSV 2015 Volkswagen Golf with 170 hp and 199 lb-ft and a dual clutch transmission reaches 60 mph in 7.8 seconds and stopped in 117 feet, and our 2016 Volkswagen Golf TS1 S 1.8T with 170 hp And 184 lb-ft and a five-speed manual reaches 60 in 7.3 seconds. This is not bad considering the Alltrack four-wheel-drive truck lifted weighs 3,482 pounds versus 3,115 pounds for the Golf STI and 3,040 pounds for the manual-equipped SportWagen Golf.
Given its starting price of approximately $ 26,000, as equal to rival Outback, the Alltrack seems willing to change the perceptions of VW consumers and shake the segment