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2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Test Drive Review

While many automakers have shied away from station wagons in the last couple of years, it seems like the segment is making a comeback. With the segment growing with offerings like the Audi A4 Allroad Quattro, the Volvo V90, and the longer new MINI Clubman, station wagons are starting to regain some popularity. Well, we’re going to add another station wagon on that list today: the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.

Before we even get into the specifics, if you want a vehicle that will go anywhere and will offer all the practicality of an SUV/crossover without going for an SUV/crossover, the Volkswagen 2017 Golf Alltrack is a really good bet. Why? Well, besides being a station wagon, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack offers standard all-wheel-drive with a little lift so you can tackle almost any terrain with some extra ground clearance. Of course, the best part is that all that is wrapped into a pretty impressive price tag. Let’s take a closer look at the all-new 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.

Exterior:

The 2017 Golf Alltrack shares its underpinnings with its Golf family siblings with the MQB architecture. Since Volkswagen is pitching this as a tough all-wheel-drive station wagon, the Golf Alltrack is wrapped in a very rugged body.

On the front end, you’ll notice a low-profile radiator grille crossbar that extends into the headlights, a lower silver crossbar that integrates the foglights, a redesigned bumper, and an underbody guard. While it is similar to the Volkswagen SportWagen, the Golf Alltrack sets itself apart with body cladding on the side sills and the wheel arches. The rear of the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack features darkened taillights, a new bumper, and a chrome exhaust. Of course, the rear also carries “Alltrack” and “4Motion” badging so those behind you know that you’re driving something really special.

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack sits on a wheelbase that measures 103.5 inches with an overall length of 179.6 inches. The overall width comes in at 70.8 inches and the overall height stands at 59.7 inches. Ground clearance for the Golf Alltrack comes in at 6.65 inches as compared to the standard Golf’s 5.4 inches and is nearly an inch higher than the SportWagen.

Overall, the exterior of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack achieves elegance and ruggedness in one unique design and helps its stand out from its closest competitor, the Subaru Outback.

Interior:

Take a seat inside and you’ll notice that the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack’s cabin is extremely similar to that of the standard Volkswagen Golf hatchback. However, you do get a long list of additional standard equipment including V-Tex leatherette seating (heated by the way), 12-way power driver seat, a 6.5 inch MIB II infotainment system, and more. Bluetooth connectivity, keyless access, push-button start, Volkswagen Car-Net are standard on the SE and SEL models, while the SEL model also gets an upgraded Fender sound system, dual-zone climate control, and navigation. If you opt out of the SEL and navigation, the MIB II infotainment system does offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

So yes, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack comes pretty loaded across its trim level offerings and things get even better when it comes to space. Seating up to five passengers comfortably, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack offers 41.2 inches of legroom for front row passengers and 35.6 inches of legroom for rear passengers. Cargo volume comes in at an impressive 30.4 cubic feet which increases to an impressive 66.5 cubic feet with the seats folded.

Yes, the interior matches the Golf, but the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack takes things up a notch with a long list of standard features and extra room for your skis, groceries, and golf bags.

Performance:

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack shares its engine with other members of the Golf family. Power comes from a 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbo engine making 170 horsepower with a maximum torque of 199 lb-ft. The engine is mated to a six-speed dual clutch DSG automatic transmission (a six-speed manual is on the way), which allows the Golf Altrack to run from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.5 seconds with a top speed of 129 mph.

While those figures may be of some importance to certain individuals, let’s not forget that the defining moment for the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is its 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system. The setup uses Volkswagen’s latest generation Haldex-5 coupling that is activated through an electro-hydraulic oil pump. In plain English, that means that the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack behaves like a regular front wheel drive car on standard roads, but as soon as it feels traction giving out or the terrain becoming unstable, it shifts up to 50 percent of the drive torque to the back.

Fuel economy-wise, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is rated at an EPA-estimated 22/30 mpg* (city/highway) or 25 mpg* combined.

Safety:

Along with a range of standard safety features like automatic post-collision braking system, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack can be loaded with a variety of driver assist technologies including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic park assist, parking sensors, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam control, and much more.

Overall:

With that in mind, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a clear winner in our book. It is a go-anywhere practical station wagon with a long list of standard features. So, if you’re in the market for a new station wagon, make sure you visit your local AutoNation Volkswagen dealer for a test drive. Prices for the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack start at $26,950**.

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

**Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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