• Uber-German Wagon Showdown: 2018 Audi Allroad vs. 2018 Volkswagen Alltrack

    These wagon cousins – Audi’s Allroad and Volkswagen’s Alltrack – are put to the test on the track and off-road

    Two wagons. Two brands. Two chances for glory. More specifically, how do these two compare both on the track and on Gold Mine Hill? In today’s video, we’re going to find out! For those suffering from a bit of crossover fatigue, wagons seem to be coming back into play. They handle more like a normal car, yet sport most of the same practicality. In the case of the Allroad, they’re also demonstrably quick, as we proved when we pitched it against a Porsche Boxster. But how do these two wagons – the Audi Allroad and the Volkswagen Alltrack – compare?

    2017 Audi A4 allroad quattro
    Audi A4 Allroad. [Photo: Audi]

    Audi Allroad: Quick Family Hauler

    In many ways, the Audi Allroad and the Volkswagen Alltrack are similar animals. They’re both made by Volkswagen Group, they’re both wagons, and they’re both off-road-biased versions of their ordinary wagon counterparts. And yet, they’re also different in many respects. Think of the Audi Allroad as the Alltrack, but more. The Audi has a bigger engine (2.0-liter turbo vs. a 1.8-liter turbo) with more power (252 to 170). You also get more passenger space, more high-tech features and the premium brand cache you’d expect from an Audi.

    On the performance front, the Audi sprints to 60 in 5.89 seconds, to the Alltrack’s 8.11 second run. With an 82 horsepower advantage, you’d expect the Audi to beat the Volkswagen, and you’d be right. As far as tech’s concerned, the Allroad also sports a new Quattro all-wheel drive system with multiple drive modes, including Dynamic and Off-Road. On Prestige models, you also get a host of driver assistance features and Audi’s virtual cockpit digital instrument cluster.

    Naturally, while the Audi boasts better performance and more options, it’s also much more expensive. While the Alltrack we tested costs just north of $30,000, you’d need to spend $56,650 to get a top-spec Allroad.

    2017 vw golf alltrack
    Volkswagen Alltrack. [Photo: TFLcar]

    Volkswagen Alltrack: Economy Off-road Wagon

    On the flip side, the Volkswagen’s big appeal compared to the Audi kicks off with its price tag. You do get more features for your extra $20,000, but the Volkswagen offers most of the same features for $30,615, as we tested it. For those who prefer to row their own gears, the Alltrack is available with a six-speed manual, as well. The Allroad only comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

    With 170 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque, the Alltrack does have some pickup. It does get slightly better fuel economy than the Audi as well, with 22 City/32 Highway/26 Combined MPG figures. While the Alltrack couldn’t win on the track with an 8.11 second 0-60 time, it did prove to be just as capable when tackling the stages of Gold Mine Hill.

    Both wagons managed the first two stages of the ascent. However, they were thwarted by the third stage by their relative lack of ground clearance to crossovers or off-road SUVs and their breakover angle. Tires are also a factor, as they both came fitted with mud and snow-rated all-season tires.

    Which one would you choose? It may well come down to a matter of budget. While the Audi carries more brand prestige and features, the Volkswagen is also worth considering as a step toward the Allroad or an entry into a more off-road worthy wagon.

    SPECIFICATIONS: 

    2018 Volkswagen Alltrack SE 2018 Audi A4 Allroad Prestige
    On Sale: Now  Now
    Base MSRP: $30,615 $44,000
    Price as Tested: $30,615 $56,650
    Engine: 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-4 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
    Drivetrain (Layout): Front engine, all-wheel drive Front engine, all-wheel drive
    Horsepower: 170 hp @ 4,500 RPM 252 hp @ 5,000 – 6,000 RPM
    Torque: 199 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM 273 lb-ft @ 1,600 – 4,500 RPM
    Transmission: Six-speed manual 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
    Brakes: Front: 11.3-inch ventilated disc

    Rear: 10.7-inch solid disc

    Front: 13.3-inch ventilated disc

    Rear: 13.0-inch ventilated disc

    Tires: Falken Sincera SN250 A A/S P205/55 R17 95H  Continental ProContact TX P245/45 R18 100H
    Fuel capacity: 14.5 gallons 15.3 gallons
    Fuel economy (EPA): 22 City/32 Highway/26 Combined MPG 22 City/30 Highway/25 Combined MPG
    Drag Coefficient: 0.31 0.32

    Dimensions:

    2018 Volkswagen Alltrack SE 2018 Audi A4 Allroad
    Wheelbase: 103.5 inches 110.9 inches
    Length:  180.2 inches 187.0 inches
    Width: 70.8 inches 58.8 inches
    Height:  59.6 inches 72.5 inches (w/o mirrors)
    Ground Clearance: 6.9 inches 6.5 inches
    Turning Circle: 35.8 feet 38.1 feet
    Curb Weight: 3,351 pounds 3,825 pounds
    Cargo Capacity (seats folded): 66.5 cubic feet 58.5 cubic feet

    Zach Butler
    Zach Butler
    Zach is a writer and Managing Editor for TFLcar. He has held a lifelong passion for cars, with a particular interest in hot hatchbacks and off-road rigs. Born and raised in Colorado, Zach holds a Bachelor's Degree in English from Colorado State University, and is based in Boulder, Colorado.
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