Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack can be looked at as essentially a compact station wagon version of Volkswagen’s Golf model. Unlike the European version that debuted at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the American version is branded with the “SportWagen” nameplate. Other than the nameplate, practically everything else is the same as the Euro version, including the press photos that VW gave the media. Base MSRP $35,000


The Alltrack features a very distinctive look, even if it is based on the regular Golf SportWagen. The key visual difference comes from nearly an inch of higher ground clearance due to a different suspension setup as well as the off-road-ready bodykit that comes standard. Redesigns have been done to the front and rear bumpers, while new plastic wheel-arches and flared side sills add to the ruggedness and increase protection for the car’s body if the driver does take it off-road. The SportWagen Alltrack sits on new 17-inch bespoke alloy wheels, which match almost perfectly to the matte-silver trim pieces as well as the chrome “Alltrack” badging on both the tailgate and new honeycomb grille.


Staying more on the subtle side unlike the exterior, the interior is far less flamboyant from a design standpoint. Leather trims the steering wheel, gearshift knob, and bespoke seat covers are embroidered with the “Alltrack” badging on the front seats. The Alltrack also receives a special trim called “Dark Magnesium on the center console, dashboard, and doors. On the storage compartment lid, a chrome strip with “4Motion” lettering runs across, while the “Alltrack” badging is featured on the stainless-steel doorsill plates. Other standard equipment includes ambient lighting for the front footwells, automatic climate control, LED reading lights for both the front and the rear seats, the “Composition Touch”” infotainment system, the Driver Alert System, and cruise control.


For the U.S., it is expected that there will only be two drivetrain options available: the 2.0-liter diesel and the 1.8-liter gasoline engine. The 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder will produce 178 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque, propelling the Alltrack to 60 in around 8 seconds. The diesel has two stages of power: 148 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque or 181 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Both engines will be paired to a six-speed, double-clutch gearbox and will feature Haldex-5 coupling between the front and rear axles. Essentially, the vehicle is in front-wheel-drive for most of the time, but when slippage is detected, the system can send up to 50 percent of the available torque to the rear wheels in order to regain traction.


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