It seems every other year the Golf family is expanding within the Volkswagen lineup, and if you ask us, it isn’t a bad thing. It can be a tad confusing for those who aren’t as familiar with the brand, as the models share the same DNA, and therefore look fairly similar. Now that the Alltrack is available, there are two different station wagons available to families and adventure seekers in the area, so how are you to decide between them? A quick comparison of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack vs 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen shows that both models are built from the same platform and body, so which is better for you will depend on your own lifestyle and needs. The family-friendly SportWagen has only improved with the addition of available 4Motion all-wheel drive, but the Alltrack has plenty to offer for those who live active outdoor lifestyles.
|2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack||vs||2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen|
|4Motion AWD||Drivetrain||Front-wheel drive or 4Motion AWD|
|22 city/30 hwy||Base Trim MPG||25 city/35 hwy|
|Off-Road Mode, 17” Valley wheels, App-Connect, Bluetooth, rearview camera, 6.5” touchscreen, heated front seats, leatherette upholstery, Alltrack badging, Carbonoptik door trim||Standard Features||Black roof rails, heated side mirrors, 15” Lyon wheels, App-Connect, Bluetooth, rearview camera, 6.5” touchscreen, cloth seating surfaces|
At its core, the Alltrack is a rugged version of the SportWagen. For this reason, the models are identical in some key ways. They seat five within a 94.3 cubic-foot cabin, offer up 30.4 cubic feet of cargo space and have the same 170-horsepower 1.8-liter turbo four. With the SportWagen gaining AWD as an optional upgrade, it’s an ideal vehicle for those simply looking for a safer family car.
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack was designed for those who are seeking more off-road performance without having to upgrade to a bulkier SUV. This is especially helpful for single drivers who may not necessarily want to lose out on fuel economy and really don’t need seating for an entire crew. The Alltrack is the perfect blend of off-road performance and daily driver as it is relatively compact for a station wagon and has a potent engine for its size. The DSG automatic transmission is a favorite for its smooth gear shifts, but a standard manual transmission appeals to those who still enjoy having complete control over gear shifts. The SportWagen also has manual and automatic transmission options, but the manual is a five-speed and the automatic is a single clutch.
There are some major differences you’ll notice about the Alltrack just by looking at it. The model is intended to take off-road, and so for this reason it has body cladding to protect the bumpers, side sills and wheel wells from debris. The front bumper also gets a slight boost to its style, just to hint at its sportier purpose over the SportWagen. The interior is outfitted to match, with Carbonoptik door trim, standard leatherette upholstery and Alltrack badging serving as constant reminders that this is no ordinary station wagon.
Other things to know about the Alltrack? It has an off-road driving mode to help improve performance when leaving pavement, and an optional Off-Road HMI provides further insight into steering angle, altitude and compass directions. Altogether, the model offers more luxury and a keener focus on off-road driving than your standard SportWagen. Find out which one is right for you when you stop by Compass Volkswagen and take both for a test drive.