The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack proves that not all family-friendly vehicles need to be a crossover


Wagons are very popular in Europe, but in the United States they are often passed over in favor of crossovers and SUVS. Still, there is a strong contingent of shoppers who want a lot of space, yet still like riding low to the ground. If this sounds like you, you'll love the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack. In the Volkswagen Golf lineup, the Golf Alltrack is a family-friendly option that is ready for the beautiful and outdoor-focused Mohegan Lake area or downtown spots like White Plains

Below we'll dive into the Alltrack's highlights and bring you up to speed on this model. To help keep our trim level callouts straight, below are the options for the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack lineup

  • Volkswagen Golf Alltrack S
  • Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE
  • Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL

Check out the Alltrack's engine, performance, and space

All three Golf Alltrack trims have the same 1.8L engine with 170 horsepower and 199 lb-ft torque. This model differentiates itself from the similarly-designed Volkswagen Golf SportWagen in that it has standard 4Motion all-wheel drive, a slightly higher ground clearance, and some hard plastic exterior cladding. 

A six-speed manual is standard on the first two trims, though you can get a six-speed automatic if you don't know how to drive stick. On the top trim, the automatic is the only choice. As more brands are starting to drop manual transmissions entirely, we love that Volkswagen keeps this option alive, along with the wagon body style!

Touching on space, with all seats up the Alltrack has 30.4 cubic feet and if you fold the backseats down there's 66.5 cubic feet. To give you a sense of the size, when utilizing the maximum cargo dimensions, auto journalists were able to fit in 11 large plastic bins like the ones you'd use to store down comforters and other bulky winter gear.

Convenience technology that makes driving extra enjoyable

Cars these days are expected to do more than straightforward commuting, like getting you from Wappingers Falls over to Yorktown Heights in under an hour. Now they are expected to also have plenty of convenience technologies, even on the base trim, to make the drive more enjoyable. We personally don't think that is a bad thing and are impressed by how well the Golf Alltrack rises to the occasion. 

All trims come with a touchscreen and it starts at 6.5-inches on the base model and is 8-inches on the remaining two trims. Volkswagen's Car-Net® App-Connect does come standard with all touchscreens, and you can choose to use this fast and slick system or link up your smartphone to the Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™ infotainment options.


Safety First with the Golf Alltrack

Technology isn't just for fun; it's also there to help keep you safe. All Golf Alltrack's come with a backup camera and Bluetooth so you can make hands-free calls. If you want more advanced safety features, keep going up the trim lineup to find the following:

Available on the SE & SEL

  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian monitoring

Available on the SEL

  • Park Pilot distance control with maneuver braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Parking steering assist
  • High beam control
  • LED adaptive headlights

Premium Highlights

We've gone over the tech features, but we still want to point out some of the available amenities that aren't exactly "techy" but will still make you smile each time you buckle up.

For those in-between months when it's not too hot that you need a/c or too cold that you need heat, open the panoramic sunroof so you can enjoy the breeze and additional natural light. Want to really bump your tunes or catch every word of your favorite podcast? There's the premium Fender audio system that's standard on the top trim level.

When it comes to seating, heating for the front passengers is a given. For upholstery there's V-Tex leatherette materials that look the same as leather but are more cost effective. Partial power-seating is standard on the first two trims and the top level gets 12-way configurations, making it the ideal choice for driver's who'll spend a lot of time behind the wheel and want to maximize seating comfort.

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