The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack shows that the German brand wants to challenge the popular Subaru Outback.

After debuting the Golf Alltrack for the North American market at the New York Auto Show earlier this year, Volkswagen is finally telling us what the high-riding, all-wheel drive wagon costs. Prices start at $26,670 (after $820 destination) for the base S trim with a six-speed manual gearbox. However due to late availability of that model, the least expensive version coming to dealers first in October is the S with a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox for $27,770.

The Alltrack takes the Golf SportWagen’s long-roof body and adds standard 4Motion all-wheel drive, 0.6 inches (15.2 millimeters) of extra ride height, and protective body cladding around the vehicle’s lower edges. Aesthetically, these models have tweaks like a black honeycomb grille, underbody guards, and a matte-aluminum crossbar in the radiator grille. Power comes from a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 170 horsepower (126.8 kilowatts) and 199 pound-feet (269.8 Newton-meters) of torque. VW estimates the all-wheel-drive vehicle’s fuel economy at 22 miles per gallon city and 30 mpg highway.

2017 VW Golf Alltrack

Sitting above the base S trim is the SE, and pricing for it starts at $30,250 with the manual or $31,350 with the DSG. These higher-spec models include standard features like a panoramic sunroof, automatic headlights, and push-button start.

The range-topping SEL sells for $33,710 and is only available with the DSG. These models come with amenities like a 12-way power driver seat, dual-zone climate control, and a 6.5-inch infotainment system with navigation. An optional a Driver Assist and Lighting Package adds Bi-Xenon headlights as a replacement for the standard halogen units.

VW expects the Alltrack to challenge the popular Subaru Outback and XV Crosstrek in the U.S, and the German wagon offers buyers a compromise between them. At 180.2-inches (4.6-meters) long, the Alltrack sits between the Outback’s 189.6 inches (4.8 meters) and the Crosstrek’s 175.2 inches (4.5 meters). Cargo volume with the rear seats up tells a similar story with the VW boasting 30.4 cubic feet (861 liters) of storage versus 35.5 cubic feet (1,005 liters) from the Outback and 22.3 cubic feet (632 liters) from the Crosstrek.

The Alltrack’s pricing puts it far closer to the Outback, though. Subaru’s high-riding wagon starts at $26,520 (after $875 destination), and the most expensive four-cylinder model of the range-topping Touring trim is $36,870. The VW has a higher base cost, especially when comparing them with automatic transmissions, but the premier version costs less than its competitor.

Source: Volkswagen

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