2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Tampa FL
Sometimes, being so immersed in the automotive world can create a serious oversight on the part of automakers. Volkswagen has such a wide audience to appeal to, producing cars for drivers all over the world, that it hasn’t had a practical small car with all-wheel drive for some time. That’s all changed now with the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack added to the lineup in Tampa FL, available here at Brandon Volkswagen. This rugged take on the SportWagen has built some serious hype, but can it live up to it?
One of the big pieces of news for the Alltrack is, naturally, that it comes with standard 4Motion all-wheel drive, but with the SportWagen gaining this drivetrain as an option, there’s much more to look at than this system. The extra traction is a necessity, but not just for slippery road conditions. The Golf Alltrack is meant to be an off-road version of the SportWagen and is designed around the concept of an active lifestyle. This means a higher ride height, protective body cladding and an off-road driving mode.
When you think of a rugged vehicle, you likely don’t consider luxury features as a particular priority, but taking the show off the road means a bumpier ride. VW kept this in mind and opted for premium materials for less road noise and a higher level of comfort, plus a variety of convenience features.
Many shoppers opt for an SUV for more interior space, but a smaller vehicle is easier to maneuver. This is what makes the Alltrack so convenient, as station wagons provide more room for your gear, without adding on too much bulk. The Alltrack has 30.4 cubic feet of cargo space for your everyday needs.
Volkswagen continues to turbocharge all of its engines, and the Alltrack benefits from this treatment. A 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder powers the model, providing 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. Paired with it is either a six-speed manual transmission or the six-speed DSG automatic.
VW goes off-road with the 2017 VW Golf Alltrack
What is there to say about the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack that hasn’t already been said? The model is a bit different from the other vehicles in the VW lineup simply because it entirely takes the adventurous spirit to heart. Everyone knows VW is centered in Germany and mainly creates small cars best fit for city driving and daily commutes, but Americans are increasingly focused on weekend plans that could involve fishing, kayaking, cycling and a wide variety of other outdoor activities. All of which may require motorists to ride over rougher terrain, and almost certainly require more cargo space to pack of sporting gear.
This is where the Golf Alltrack excels. The model has a slightly higher ride height than the standard SportWagen and larger tires to drive over less-than-ideal terrain. It also has an off-road driving mode to optimize the way the drivetrain and engine operate when leaving pavement, and higher trims have an off-road HMI to provide important driving data and cardinal direction.
This may be the first model year for the Golf Alltrack, but it isn’t likely to be the last. The model benefits from the long history found in the Golf family and generations of smart engineering, but adds on premium features in three trim level options. Find out more when you stop by Brandon Volkswagen and take the Alltrack for a test drive.