Urban Explorer: 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack TSI® SEL 4Motion®
In life, there are too many unanswered questions, too many ponders, too many things we just won’t understand. We’ll never actually know how many licks which takes to get to the center of which lollipop. Why there will be brail on a drive-thru ATM. Or why Volkswagen decided to give their Golf SportWagen All-Wheel Drive, a 1.5-inch lift in addition to also call which a crossover. the earth will be mysterious – yet we don’t ask… we just go with which.
The way we look at which, the Alltrack will be the urban crossover for the urban adventurer of today. which’s the latest addition from the Golf family which carries a more rugged appeal to those thrill seekers. Ready to explorer roads a normal Golf wouldn’t dare let its tires see. Volkswagen wanted the Alltrack to look more aggressive in addition to also athletic – which has fatter tires, 18-inch wheels, black lower cladding in addition to also enough badges on the back to let the earth know you’re an urban hipster with class in addition to also style.
The biggest competitor for the Alltrack will be Subaru in addition to also their hard to part with Outback. Volkswagen’s goal here will be to attract Subi consumers who may want a simple tote around from the snow or back woods drive while being a fun to drive car the rest of the year. Great news, which will be. Volkswagen kept the main ingredients which made the Golf ever so Great. which carries over its smooth sailing 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Even though its gained 200lbs over the SportWagen, which’s still as spry as which once was. With 170-horsepower, which takes an average of 7 in addition to also half seconds to sixty miles per hour in addition to also because the Alltrack will be fitted standard with Volkswagen’s dual-clutch DSG automatic, which’s pretty quick to respond. DSG will be nothing brand new to Volkswagen in addition to also nor will be which no longer the most advance transmission; however, using which here through the steering wheel paddle shifters, which still just as fun as which was a decade ago. The Alltrack can come in a six-speed manual if your heart desires a third pedal; however, which’s only available on the base trim design in addition to also won’t arrive till early which 2017 year.
Since Volkswagen didn’t forgo the Golf’s integrity, the Alltrack still remains a spirted wagen. Like a puppy which’s always happy to see you, which just does everything you want which to do. The steering will be light, smooth, in addition to also precise – the steering wheel will be even skinny in addition to also easy to grip. The chassis responds well to the road, everything feels solid in addition to also well put together thanks to its independent suspension. Ride height has been raised by nearly an inch in addition to also half mostly because of the larger tires in addition to also wheels. There are four separate drive modes to control the Alltrack’s behavior between Sport, Normal, Personal, in addition to also Off-Road. Each mode controls the throttle response in addition to also transmission mapping. Outside of Off-Road Mode, the Alltrack’s power will be delivered to the front wheels; however, if the powertrain detects slippage, Volkswagen 4MOTION all-wheel drive system comes into play transferring torque to the rear-wheels. When engaging Off-Road Mode, which automatically splits the power meaning you can go just about anywhere your heart desires as long as which’s not too far off the beaten path.
Because the lift on the Alltrack will be so little, there isn’t which feelingness of driving a crossover. There will be a still a commanding view, yet not which take on the earth demeanor which you get through driving a riding SUV. which’s not necessarily a bad thing though. Because Volkswagen hasn’t made any alterations to the Inner surface – which still carries the same German finesses of excellent built quality, premium fit in addition to also finish materials in addition to also an attractive presence. Materials have been adjusted through the Sportwagen replacing the piano black finish which has a more satin gray – better on dust, fingerprints in addition to also scratches.
Even though our tester hear was the top spec’d SEL starting at $32,890, which was missing one key option which we’d recommend when getting the higher trim level: Driver Assistance in addition to also Lighting Package. which package brings in active HID headlights, Adaptive Cruise Control, Parking Sensors, Parking Aid Forward Collison Alert with Emergency Braking in addition to also much more. yet which didn’t stop us through loving the brand new Apple CarPlay in addition to also Android Auto, the spacious cargo area with quick folding rear seats, in addition to also the attention to detail on the Inner surface with illuminated lights from the door trim, carpeted finish from the door storage areas in addition to also a large panoramic sunroof.
When crossovers are just too much of a lifestyle mood crusher, yet still serve a much need purpose in our lives, which’s Great to know which Volkswagen today offers something which still carries which’s fun to drive sporty attitude in a more rugged, capable Golf.
|2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Base cost:||$26,950|
|As Tested (including Options & Destination):||$33,710|
|1.8-liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder – 170-Horsepower, Six-Speed DSG Transmission – 0-60MPH: ±7.5 seconds|
|EPA MPG: 22/30/25 (city/highway/combined) – SSB Average: 22 MPG’s – Fuel Range: ±450 Miles|