During the summer months, any old car will do for trekking around Middletown, but then winter hits and slippery roads make many shoppers wonder about all-wheel drive options. For quite a while, this drivetrain was reserved for premium models or as an option in the VW Tiguan, but it’s finally available in an affordable, family-friendly choice now that the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is here in Middletown NY at Compass Volkswagen. This rugged station wagon is just what’s needed for our climate.
In order for Volkswagen to offer a new vehicle, and expand the already impressive Golf lineup, it’s clear the Alltrack must offer something other options couldn’t. The 4Motion AWD was obviously lacking, but this drivetrain is coming to the SportWagen as well. So what makes the Alltrack so special? The model is built for those who seek a bit more adventure than the daily drive typically entails. Whether this means a fishing trip to an excluded area or a wilder ride to the perfect camping spot, the Alltrack can handle it.
What powers the Golf Alltrack? The 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but the DSG six-speed automatic, with two smooth shifting gearboxes, is an appreciated option for many motorists.
The Alltrack may be family-friendly, but it’s a step up for most when it comes to quality. Standard features include V-Tex leatherette seating, ambient lighting, the 4Motion all-wheel drive system, a rearview camera and the MIB II infotainment system with App-Connect and a proximity sensor.
The reason shoppers seek out station wagons like the Alltrack is because they offer more space than standard sedans, often competitive with SUVs, but with a lower ride height. The Alltrack has 94.3 cubic feet of passenger space and 30.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which fold flat.
At the end of the day, you’re looking for a vehicle that is ultimately practical to own. This means you’ll enjoy it just as much as you drive to work or wait in line at the drive-thru, as you will when you go out on a kayaking trip. The Golf Alltrack is the best of both worlds, as the rugged body cladding, off-road driving mode and all-wheel drive work together to keep traction and keep you going when you drive over different terrains. You’ll find it’s just as practical for your everyday life as the EPA-estimated 22 city and 30 highway mpg rating won’t break the bank considering the reassurance the AWD system brings.
For its first model year, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack comes in three trim levels and seven color options. The base trim, S, is a solid start to the model with V-Tex leatheretter upholstery and a unique Alltrack interior providing a cabin that feels upscale but sporty at the same time. Other standard features include Bluetooth with audio, touchscreen sound, App-Connect with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration and heated front seats.
Available features for the Alltrack range from a power tilting sunroof to Fender Premium Audio and touchscreen navigation. Learn more about every option when you stop by Compass Volkswagen to take the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack for a test drive.