Point-by-Point Comparison Puts the Alltrack Ahead of the Outback

How does the 2017 VW Golf Alltrack compare to the 2017 Subaru Outback in a battle of the weekend wagons? The Alltrack takes the lead with several clear advantages in Performance. Here's how:


The Alltrack beats the Outback in terms of fuel economy, performance, and weight - yet still manages to give the Outback a run for its money when comparing cargo space, seating, suspension type and MSRP, among other metrics.

The Alltrack's 1.8-liter, turbocharged engine is a big improvement over the Outback's solid but aging 2.5 liter boxer engine - its torquier than the Subaru 2.5 and it's also more fuel efficient. Add that to the VW's 300lb weight advantage, and the Golf Alltrack is a better overall performer.

Cargo space amongst the two is similar, although the larger Outback comes out on top. The Alltrack offers a higher EPA fuel economy rating than the Outback, yet both vehicles seat 5 passengers and have essentially the same asking price.