2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack features and trims

VW adds all-wheel drive to the SportWagen with the new Alltrack

AWD 2017 VW Golf Alltrack Features and Engine

Today we’re excited to talk about a model we’d only briefly mentioned in the past: the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack. When we went over your 2016 VW all-wheel drive options, you may have noticed most were on what you might consider the “high-end” of the lineup. We know that this drivetrain is becoming more and more popular, and in serious demand once the winter months hit. Which is why we’re eager to talk about the AWD 2017 VW Golf Alltrack features and engine, as the model is just about ready to hit showrooms.

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack vs SportWagen

So, we actually have two great announcements in one. First, the Alltrack is coming, but a surprise revelation is that the SportWagen will also be available with all-wheel drive. Adding on that feature, it might be less clear how these two models will differ. The SportWagen will mostly remain the same as far as style and features are concerned (except for more available driver assistance features). The Alltrack truly aims to provide an off-road option that can compete against the likes of Subaru. In many ways, VW has already been doing well, as you can see when looking at the current SportWagen vs Outback.

The 2017 VW Golf Alltrack engine will be no different than what is found in most Golf options: a 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that delivers 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque, and it will be paired with a six-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission at launch. Later in the year, the standard transmission will be a six-speed manual.

Volkswagen Chicago Auto Show 2016 Display 2017 Golf Sportwagen Alltrack

The real difference between the Alltrack and SportWagen is that the Alltrack is more for those who are obsessed with outdoor adventures. Whether you’re a hiker, cyclist, fisherman or anything else, the Alltrack will be your go-to station wagon for those who don’t feel the need to keep on the pavement. The SportWagen won’t differ much from the current model, so the addition of AWD is mostly in consideration for winter driving and other slippery road conditions.

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Features of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

When we say a model is built for off-roading, we mean features that will help increase its capabilities and durability. The first thing you’ll notice about the Alltrack is that it does have additional ground clearance to help it overcome obstacles. Body cladding along the sides, around the wheel wells and for the front and rear bumpers help protect the underbody from scratches and dings that would naturally occur from kicking up gravel as you drive.

For extra style, it does have foglights incorporated into its look, and a unique honeycomb grille gives the Alltrack a sportier appearance. The interior, too, is a bit different in that it has standard leatherette seating, with an available brown color option, aluminum pedal covers, dashboard trim and interior ambient lighting.

Volkswagen Chicago Auto Show 2016 Golf Alltrack All wheel drive awd
golf sportwagen alltrack front end
Golf Sportwagen Alltrack rear end

Standard convenience features include a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, a rearview camera and App-Connect features. Drive Mode selector includes “Off-Road Mode” to adapt the driving style and engage hill decent control and traction, plus an available HMI can be added to the optional navigation system to show a digital compass, steering angle and altitude when driving in this mode.

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