Photo by Vince Taroc.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a Golf SportWagen, but brawnier, with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive as standard. Larger wheels and a slightly raised suspension bring the ground clearance to 6.9 inches. These characteristics put the Alltrack more in line with its direct competitor, Subaru Outback. (Visit here to learn more about the Golf SportWagen, which carries the same engine specs and interior.) 

In addition to the raised suspension and all-wheel-drive capabilities, the Alltrack offers a few extras as standard over the SportWagen: heated seats and side mirrors, (partial) power seats, “leatherette,” fog lights, premium audio, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, backup camera, and selectable drive modes.

The Golf Alltrack would seem to fit a niche between a crossover and car, with very good fuel economy (25 mpg combined) and confidence in inclement weather. Like its cousin, the most appealing part of Alltrack is its driving characteristics — plenty of smooth power and firm handling, even with the higher profile. Add the SportWagen’s panoramic sunroof, which runs the length of the roof and brings the outside in, and you’ve got an all-road fun mobile.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Compared to the Outback, the Sportwagen/Alltrack’s back seat is tight for two adults, and offers 5 cubic feet fewer total cargo volume than the Outback. The 2017 VW Golf Alltrack starts at $26,950 MSRP — more than the base Outback — but with more standard features. The MSRP on our tester with SEL 4Motion Trim was $33,710, including destination.

VW is not offering a published fleet incentive on the 2017 Golf Alltrack, though the SportWagen carries a $500 incentive. Fleets might consider the Golf SportWagen with 4Motion, which costs about $3,000 less than the Golf Alltrack in S trim — unless your fleet drivers can convince you they need that suspension for off-roading in a work capacity.

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Chris Brown
Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Chris is the executive editor of Business Fleet Magazine and Auto Rental News. He covers all aspects of the fleet world.

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Chris is the executive editor of Business Fleet Magazine and Auto Rental News. He covers all aspects of the fleet world.

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