2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack : Review

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Decades ago, the family station wagon ruled the highways. Filled to the brim with kids and luggage, these cars were the next wave of American roadway travel. Flash forward to now and you can hardly see a wagon. That could be changing with more competitors like the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack tempting consumers to give the wagon another chance.

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a departure from the wagons of old with a smaller footprint and less cargo space. However, the smaller size isn’t to be underestimated as the Alltrack is easier to maneuver and has plenty of cargo space for most families.

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While the Alltrack is part of the Golf collection of vehicles, VW gave this wagon some distinction with more ground clearance, standard all-wheel-drive while boasting up to 66.5 cubic feet of cargo space and tacking on about $4k to the price.  This wagon is meant to be more of a Subaru Outback competitor – a go most places wagon capable of hauling plenty of cargo.

The exterior is truly Volkswagen with simplistic lines and no-frills styling cues. Faint character lines adorn the doors and the standard VW badge proudly sits at the front.

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Inside, VW keeps it simple yet again with a basic array of knobs and buttons to control the various radio and heater component. The seats are usable and the driver’s seat provides ample adjustment for scanning the roadway.

On the road, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack drives fine and will satisfy many driver’s demands for a point A to point B vehicle. It does lack a sporty feel, but makes up for it with its all-wheel-drive capability and taller ride height allowing for it to tackle the dirt roads better.

Getting dirty is really where this vehicle wants to be. Playing in the dirt and mud, Volkswagen offers an off-road mode with a different Anti-lock Brakes configuration and engine response. This mode is designed to help drive through a variety of terrains and activates Hill Descent Control which is basically a cruise control setting for driving down steep hills. It is one of the things that helps set this wagon apart from VW’s other wagon.

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Powering the wagon is a 1.8L turbocharged four-cylinder mated to an automatic transmission it produces 170 HP and 199 lb-ft of torque. EPA ratings have it returning 22 city and 32 highway.

VW offers the wagon is 3 trims – S, SE and SEL. The later SEL trim is the most luxurious and is closer to what an Audi Allroad feels like. Pricing starts at $25,850 and runs up to $32,890 + title and dealer fees.

IMG 7164 560x420While wagons aren’t as popular as they used to, they certainly haven’t gone anywhere. With better fuel economy these days, useful cargo space and a competitive price, getting back into a wagon might just fit your family perfectly.