Everything We Know About the Golf Alltrack

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The road-ready 2017 Golf Alltrack

While the Alltrack's main competitors - the Subaru Outback and the Volvo XC70 - have taken to US roads for over twenty years, Volkswagen has never launched a competitor stateside.

So, will the VW Golf Alltrack gain traction with the US audience? Let's take a look at what we know about it so far.

Release, Base, and Trims

Alltrack interior

The surprisingly roomy interior of the Golf Alltrack.

The Golf Alltrack is expected to drop this month, so if you haven't seen one at your local VW dealership, you will soon. Available in 3 trims, the Golf Alltrack is expected to start at $26,670:

Base S Model

  • Starts at $26,670
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Front Seat Heating
  • Cruise Control
  • 8 Speaker Audio System
  • 6.5” Touchscreen w/Rearview Camera

SE

  • Includes everything from the S
  • Starts at $30,000
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Keyless Accessible
  • Push-Button Starting
  • Fender Audio System

SEL

  • Includes everything from the S and SE
  • Starts at $33,710
  • Navigation
  • Dual-Zone Climate Control
  • Power Driver Seat w/ Power Lumbar

For $845, an optional driver assistance package is available for the S and SE, adding:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Parking Steering Assistance
  • Rear Park Safety Control

A similar package is available for the SEL at $1995, and adds everything above plus:

  • Lane Departure Warning
  • High Beam Control
  • Bi-Xenon Headlights

Off-Road Capabilities

Alltrack offroad

The Golf Alltrack can handle the road less traveled thanks to the 4Motion AWD system.

Yes, Volkswagen's popular 4Motion AWD system will be front and center in the Golf Alltrack, offering some much-anticipated capability. However, thanks to a decoupled rear axle from the driveline, the Alltrack has the feel of a front wheel drive Golf in normal drive mode. When the time comes to trade in the paved road for the gravel path, it's as easy as switching to the “Off-Road” setting from the Golf Alltrack's driving mode selector. This mode enables hill-decent control and also expands the ABS pulses so braking distances on varying terrains like dirt, snow, and gravel are shortened.

Under the Hood

Speedy Alltrack

The new Golf Alltrack can maintain a top speed of 125 mph.

The Golf Alltrack is powered by the 1.8L Turbo Four w/DOHC and Direct Injection, which should provide plenty of power considering it's the same engine in the SportWagen. In fact, it even shares the same estimated 22/30/25 EPA fuel economy.

With 170 HP, the Golf Alltrack should be able to go from 0-60 in about 7.7 seconds, a quarter mile in 15.9 seconds, and maintain a top speed of 125 mph. This should be plenty of zip for those spending most of the time on the highway and sufficient power for those who need to go off-road once in a while.

Measurements

The Golf Alltrack offers 30.4 cubic ft of interior space, and that number grows to 66 when the rear seats are folded. For the five passengers the Alltrack can hold, they'll find the interior surprisingly roomy.

With a wheelbase of 103.5", it's slightly shorter than the Outback; however, this adds to the sportier feel the Golf Alltrack provides. With curb weight of 3300 lbs, the Golf Alltrack is lighter than its contemporaries, and you'll feel the difference when turning sharp corners.

On-Track with the Alltrack

What's most exciting about the Golf Alltrack is that this is just the beginning. We've outlined why the Alltrack is a better choice than the Outback, but for us, the choice was always clear.

With Volkswagen's legendary reputation for on-road efficiency, it was only a matter of time before the wagon segment took itself off-road. Mark our words, the Golf Alltrack will be a car to watch now and in the future.