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2015 Volkswagen Alltrack Wagon Review

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Today's Deal - Volkswagen Alltrack

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What Edmunds Says

The 2015 Volkswagen Alltrack's generous cargo space, fuel-efficient engines and off-highway ability should satisfy wagon fans who seek adventure.

Pros

Premium cabin materials and construction; more interior room and cargo capacity than VW's current Jetta SportWagen model; should offer a refined, capable ride both on- and off-road.

Cons

Could be saddled with VW's slow-shifting automatic transmissions.

Available Alltrack Models

Base

  • 1.8L 4-cyl. engine 
  • Automatic transmission 
  • Bluetooth 
  • Side/Curtain Airbags 
  • Stability Control 
  • Traction Control 

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2015 Volkswagen Alltrack Wagon

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What's New for 2015

Based on the forthcoming, redesigned SportWagen, the 2015 Volkswagen Alltrack is an all-new model.

Introduction

Americans don't buy wagons. Or so goes the refrain when carmakers explain why they don't sell their European wagon models in the States. But Volkswagen cracked the wagon code for Americans long ago, first with the popular Passat wagon, then with the current Jetta SportWagen. With the 2015 Volkswagen Alltrack, VW attempts to reaffirm its faith in a buyer who not only wants a small wagon, but also likes to get it dirty.

Based on the forthcoming Jetta SportWagen, which sits atop an all-new chassis, the Alltrack will be the rugged, all-wheel-drive alternative to its counterpart's more suburban calling. With body cladding, larger wheels and tires, and a restyled grille and fascia for visual distinction, the Alltrack should also stand 1 or 2 inches taller for added ground clearance.

Like the SportWagen -- VW is expected to drop "Jetta" from the name -- the Alltrack will use a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine generating 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. A 2.0-liter turbodiesel rated at 150 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque is also a possibility. And although the SportWagen will likely offer both six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions, the Alltrack may only get the automatic to distribute power to its four wheels. We hope VW tunes some of the lethargy out of its next crop of automatics.

Inside, expect slightly more rear passenger legroom and more room for arms and elbows than you'd find in the current Jetta wagon. The interior should blend more subtle trim elements -- think brushed aluminum and carbon-fiber-look inlays -- to keep with the car's more rugged character.

Despite the Alltrack's niche, Volkswagen believes it has a case for an all-wheel-drive model that can get dirty. The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek is a similar type of vehicle and it has been a hit for Subaru.

The Alltrack is expected to go on sale by December 2014, starting at around $24,000, just slightly north of the $22,820 that Subaru asks for a base Crosstrek. Check back for a full review of the 2015 Volkswagen Alltrack, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.

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