2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack: Long-Term Logbook
Here's where you'll find all the latest updates from our editors. We'll update fuel economy right up top, so you can see our average miles per gallon after every fill-up. Beyond that, you'll find our log of posts, with the most recent right on top, going all the way back to the beginning. Click here to see our introduction post about the car, and to leave us comments with questions you'd like answered, or suggestions of what we should do during our year-long test. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for even more updates, as well.
Fuel Economy Tracking
We're keeping track of fuel economy by recording mileage and gallons consumed at every fuel fill-up. We'll input that data into a Google spreadsheet, and you'll be able to see the results in the chart below. Each new entry represents a line in our fuel log, so it's only as up to date as our most recent tank of gas. It'll be cool to see how this averages out over the course of a year.
05/30/2017 – 7,255 miles
Molly McFarland is the wife of our Executive Editor Seyth Miersma, a Mazda2 driver, and a longstanding Volkswagen fan. She took the keys to our Alltrack for a stint, and reported in on what she liked and didn’t.
First of all, I love heated seats. It’s one of the big missing features I find myself regretting with the Mazda2 – especially between November and April in Michigan.
But the thing I love most about the Alltrack is the feeling of “substance” it provides. It’s hard for me to explain ("wife of car guy" doesn’t equal “car lady”) but everything from turning the wheel into a corner, to pressing the brake pedal in this car felt sturdy and powerful compared to my light and zippy Mazda2. But “sturdy” didn’t ever mean it felt slow or heavy – its a lot more fun than I thought it would be.
I had no issues with the six-speed automatic. In fact, I had so much fun that I can see myself parting with the Mazda manual.
However… I personally didn’t find a lot of need for all the room the VW wagon offered. My subcompact car fits anywhere and is great to park in town. While the Alltrack didn’t exclude me from much, it proved bulky by comparison. I appreciate the space in the abstract — future dogs, possible kids… camping equipment? – but I’m not sure I'd be willing to pay a premium to transport things that only exist on my Pinterest board.
– Molly McFarland