A handful of automakers offer vehicles that blend the characteristics of a wagon and SUV. Volkswagen is latest to the party with the Golf Alltrack. This version of the Golf Sportwagen features all-wheel drive and a slight increase in ride height, which incrementally improves the vehicle's capability off-road. Extra body cladding gives the Golf Alltrack a more aggressive look, but the overall shape makes it clear that this is a station wagon and not a crossover.
Are there downsides to this wagon and SUV crossing? Not many that we can find. The body shape emphasizes length over height, but there's still plenty of cargo space. And like other Volkswagen models, the Golf Alltrack is nicely trimmed inside and enjoyable to drive. If you are looking for utility and all-weather ability but don't want a typical crossover SUV, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is an excellent alternative.
Current Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is sold in S, SE and SEL trim levels. The base model is very well equipped and offers advanced safety and driver aids such as collision detection with automatic braking as an option. If you need all-weather carrying ability, it's a cost-effective choice. The SE adds a host of desirable equipment, and is arguably the sweet spot in the Golf Alltrack lineup, while the SEL rounds out the lineup with a power driver seat and a navigation system.
Like other Volkswagen Golf models, the Alltrack is powered by turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that's rated at 170 horsepower. It drives all four wheels through a dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Alltrack is heavier than than a regular Sportwagen, however, and doesn't feel as punchy as other versions of the Golf.
Handling also suffers compared to other Golfs, with more body lean when you're driving around turns. But the payoff is the Alltrack's enhanced off-road ability. The 6.7 inches of ground clearance isn't exceptional — a Subaru Outback has 2 inches more — but it'll be enough to give you extra clearance when driving along a rutted dirt trail.
We like the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack's interior. As with other VWs, the dashboard is well designed, with easy-to-find and easy-to-use controls. The base model's front seats are comfortable, and you get power-adjustable seats in the top-of-the-line SEL. Seating in the rear is a bit lacking compared to the back seats of some roomy small crossovers or a bigger wagon such as the Subaru Outback. But it's a competitive cargo hauler, with 30.4 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in place and a generous 66.5 cubes with the back seat folded down.
Used Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Models
The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack debuted for the 2017 model year.
Read the most recent 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used Volkswagen Golf Alltrack page.