How is the VW Golf Alltrack different from the SportWagen?
It’s not easy to keep a secret in the automotive world when the sole goal of most automotive journalists is to uncover concepts and redesigns long before they are released. We are constantly seeing spy photos, hearing name predictions and learning the best guesses for the next technologies. It may have been a small victory, but Volkswagen did a great job hiding the fact that it would offer all-wheel drive for the 2017 SportWagen as well as the all-new Golf Alltrack. With this revelation, people have been asking how is the VW Golf Alltrack different from the SportWagen? After all, wasn’t the 4Motion system the main selling point?
2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Off-Road Specs
We’ve already talked a bit about the Alltrack in the past, so right now we’re putting more of the focus on how it will be different from the standard SportWagen.
Both models will come in S, SE and SEL trims and have the same 170 horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Since the body is the same, you can also expect the same 30.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the 60/40-split rear folding seats. Other common features include standard roof rails, a 6.5-inch touchscreen with App-Connect, Bluetooth with audio and a rearview camera.
The main difference between these models is a matter of purpose. The SportWagen remains a smart option for families who are looking for a station wagon and its many benefits, and the all-wheel drive option will provide more stability on rainy days or over uneven terrain, but that’s more an issue of driving on gravel than actually leaving the road. The Alltrack, on the other hand, has higher ground clearance, bigger tires and body cladding that helps protect the underside of the vehicle, all of which work together to make it a better off-road option. An off-road mode also adds on hill descent control and improves traction for off-roading, while an available HMI exists for models with navigation, adding on a display compass, steering angle and altitude.
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One other thing to consider is the fact that the Alltrack does have a bit more of an upscale feel. This can be seen from the outside, which not only looks more rugged thanks to the body cladding, but has unique bumpers, a honeycomb grille and foglights for a sportier exterior appearance, while the interior has a two-two brown leatherette seating option, aluminum pedal covers, a unique dashboard, interior ambient lighting and Alltrack badging throughout.
The starting MSRP for the 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is $21,580 without the AWD option, while the Alltrack slots in at $26,950 with standard 4Motion. Should anything further come to light once the Alltrack is available, we’ll be updating here at the Findlay North Volkswagen Blog, so stay tuned.