Volkswagen introduces the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
Volkswagen recently updated its vastly popular Jetta SportWagen into the Golf SportWagen to deliver a greater power train, a more attractive chassis and modern technology. For 2017, VW is back at it again with the Golf AllTrack model.
This all-wheel drive version of the SportWagen is designed to cater to active, yet discerning lifestyle drivers, with an interest in outdoor pursuits and the right car to match.
With almost identical exterior specs to the Golf SportWagen, the Golf Alltrack differentiates itself with a higher suspension, raised to 0.6 inch above the SportWagen for just under seven inches of ground clearance. Trim crowns the Alltrack’s wheel arches and lower body to enhance the look of a more all-terrain vehicle. Roof Racks come standard in all models to add even more visual appeal to the VW’s active appearance and performance.
There are also slight adjustments to the suspension, with an upgrade to its power train giving it a big boost through rough terrain and all-weather roads. The AllTrack’s 4Motion all-wheel drive is an on demand system that automatically shifts to front wheel drive in many conditions and can move over to a 50:50 set-up if a skid is detected. The car’s Drive Mode selection ability allows drivers the full advantage of the 4Motion system. Switching to the Off-Road mode balances the all-wheel drive, throttle and stability control to boost grip on wet, bumpy or debris filled roads.
Hill descent is also aided by the same Off-Road setting with ABS pulses that permit dirt, gravel and snow to stack up in the front wheels reduces braking distance while decelerating on loose or solid surfaces. In short, the AllTrack rides comfortably over a variety of scenarios.
The same VW EA888, 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder system comprises the AllTrack’s engine, delivering 170 horsepower and 199 pounds of torque. This is available in both a six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and a six-speed manual transmission. Volkswagen doesn’t disappoint with a powerful and fun vehicle to drive, with the full expanse of its substantial power band on display.
The AllTrack also contains a significantly larger fuel tank, with 14.5 gallons to VW’s standard 13.2. The car’s fuel economy tops out at 22 miles a gallon in city driving and 30 miles to the gallon with highway driving.
Additional features include sun/moonroof, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, semi-automatic parking and blind spot surveillance. Interior wise, the AllTrack comes equipped with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink connectivity as standard. While OEM navigation is an optional feature. With a range of tech to delight any driver and passenger, the AllTrack is appealing both externally and internally.
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf AllTrack is a welcome new offering to the VW family of durable, reliable and attractive automobiles. It’s affordable price and performance makes it a smart buy in the realm of all-wheel drive vehicles. It’s a wonderful choice for outdoor enthusiasts or those looking for a modern and safe car for city driving.