Is the 2017 Golf Alltrack better than the SportWagen?

By Product Expert | Posted in VW Golf Alltrack, VW Golf SportWagen on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at 8:21 am
AWD 2017 Golf Alltrack vs AWD Golf SportWagen

AWD 2017 Golf Alltrack vs AWD Golf SportWagen

At some point, many people got sick of the styling of old station wagons. That wood side paneling wasn’t doing it any favors. Automakers are getting better with design, and shoppers are warming back up to the idea of a longer wheelbase without the need for added bulk. We were naturally excited when Volkswagen announced the Golf Alltrack would go into production, but now we’re learning that the 4Motion system will be available later in the year for the SportWagen. With that in mind, we’re comparing the AWD 2017 Golf Alltrack vs AWD Golf SportWagen to help you decide which one would be better for you.

Why buy the 2017 Golf Alltrack if the SportWagen will have AWD?

You can see in pictures that the Golf Alltrack looks fairly different from the SportWagen, but the models are built on the same platform and both have the 170 horsepower 1.8-liter liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Key differences in appearance include the chrome accents and honeycomb grille for the Alltrack, along with the bright body cladding that helps protect the underside of the Alltrack. It may be difficult to tell, but the Alltrack also has larger wheels and ride height, which makes it more capable when taking it off-road.

The Golf SportWagen has frequently been a step up in comfort from the standard Golf, keeping in mind that it is used to transport families. The Golf Alltrack is meant to be an even more luxurious option and as such you can see that it has unique touches in the interior like the attractive two-tone brown leatherette upholstery, soft-touch materials, a unique dashboard, aluminum pedal covers and interior ambient lighting.

2017 golf alltrack exterior design

Read More: Which other VW models have AWD?

When it comes right down to it, the main purpose of the Golf Alltrack is to provide more capability for those who live a more active lifestyle. Both models have roof rails and the same amount of interior and cargo space, but the Alltrack has an off-road driving mode that gives it hill descent control and more traction over uneven driving surfaces. An Off-Road HMI is also available in the Alltrack models with navigation, which provides steering angle, a digital compass and altitude.

So why might you choose one over the other? If you’re looking for a model that will be more stable under rainy conditions, but is still just your daily driver to take grocery shopping, to sporting events and to drop the kids off to school, the SportWagen is an attractive option. If you want a higher-end option that offers better capability when you take your bike to the trails, the kayak to the lake or just want to find a great camping spot, the 2017 Golf Alltrack may be more your speed.

Which model do you think offers the better value? Let us know by leaving a comment below, and be sure to check back here at the Puente Hills Volkswagen Blog for more.

2017 golf alltrack Leatherette Seating
Sportwagen Cloth Seating

2017 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen Exterior Design

Leave a Reply