2017 VW Golf Alltrack vs Golf SportWagen

2017 VW Golf Alltrack vs Golf SportWagen

Volkswagen has announced that the production version of the 2017 Golf Alltrack that will be on display this week at the New York International Auto Show will be available for sale this fall. The Golf Alltrack adds 4MOTION all-wheel drive, rugged appearance and upscale interior to the already-versatile Golf SportWagen. It will be a great value alternative to more-expensive cars like the Audi Allroad wagon. The Golf Alltrack and Golf SportWagen will have the same 1.8-liter, 170 hp engine and the same 66.5 cubic feet of available cargo space. Beyond that, here are all the difference between the 2017 VW Golf Alltrack vs Golf SportWagen:

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2017 Golf Alltrack Appearance

It will be pretty easy to spot the difference between the new Alltrack and a standard SportWagen. The Alltrack will sit on bigger wheels and be jacked up about an inch with extra ground clearance. Its plastic cladding in the front bumper, wheel wells, side skirts and rear diffuser will provide off-road protection for the paint job as well as a more rugged look. Other details that set it apart are the unique grille, foglights, matte mirror caps and silver roof rails.

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2017 VW Golf Alltrack grille
2017 VW Golf Alltrack badge

2017 Golf Alltrack Interior

Inside, the basic S trim level of the Alltrack will be much more upscale than the SportWagen’s S trim. V-Tex Leatherette seats will be standard, and a new brown color will be available. The Alltrack will have the interior ambient lighting of the SportWagen SEL, the aluminum pedal covers from Volkswagen’s R-Line models and unique Alltrack branding.

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2017 VW Golf Alltrack diffuser
2017 VW Golf Alltrack seats

2017 Golf Alltrack Off-Road Mode

The Alltrack’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive system allows it to act like a front-wheel-drive car most of the time to preserve the fuel economy. When it detects slippage, however, it will send up to 50 percent of the engine’s torque to the real wheels for added traction. Unique to the Golf Alltrack will be a drive-mode selector with an Off-Road Mode. Besides adding hill descent control and optimized off-road traction control, Off-Road Mode will display additional information on the dash: a compass, steering angle and altitude.