2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack On- and Off-Road Review: New Dirt-Worthy VW Station Wagon? [Video]

Volkswagen’s latest addition to the ever-growing Golf family is an interesting one. Following a formula similar to the Audi A4 Allroad, the Subaru Outback, and the Volvo XC70, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack takes a normal Golf Sportwagen and adds a slight lift to the suspension. Additionally, VW has given the Alltrack the classic plastic cladding that is featured on every car in its segment.

VW invited Roman to a press event just outside of Seattle to test the car’s performance both on and off-road. Roman felt the car was very good to drive on the road. Featuring the confidence-boosting performance that we know and love from other vehicles in the Golf lineup, the Alltrack gave up nothing in the realm of driveability when it received its off-road optimizations.

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

The Alltrack is powered by VW’s trusty 1.8L turbo four-cylinder engine mated to their fantastic dual clutch transmission or a 6-speed manual gearbox for those who still wish to row their own gears. With the dual clutch, the EPA estimates gas mileage of 22 city and 30 on the highway, good for a combined 25 MPG.

The real test for the Golf Alltrack is how it manages to perform off-road. Does all the plastic cladding and the lifted suspension actually make a difference off-road? To find out, be sure to watch the whole video.