Few car makers offer vehicles that combine the characteristics of SUV and wagon. Volkswagen goes into competition with the Golf Alltrack. This version of the Golf Sportwagen version features a slight increase in ride height, which incrementally improves the vehicle’s capability off-road and all-wheel drive, which improves the vehicle off-road capability. The extra body layer gives the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack a more aggressive look, but its overall shape makes it clear that this is a station wagon and not a crossover.
Are there any shortcomings of this SUV and wagon crossing? Not much to find. The body shape emphasizes the length over height, but still offers plenty of cargo space. And like other Volkswagen models, the Golf Alltrack is nicely trimmed and fun to drive. If you are looking for utility and all-weather capabilities vehicle but do not want a typical SUV, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is an excellent alternative.
All 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is powered by a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine good for 170 horsepower. The S and SE come standard with a six-speed manual transmission and 184 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (called DSG) is available as an option and makes 199 pound-feet torque. The automatic comes standard on SEL. Regardless of transmission, power sent to all four wheels through the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.
In track testing, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL with dual-clutch automatic transmission went from zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, which is average for competition.
EPA estimated fuel economy for the automatic transmission stands at 25 mpg combined (22 city/30 highway). The manual rated at 24 mpg combined (21 city/30 highway).
The 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack price list: S $26,805, SE $31,465 and SEL at $37,360. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic demands an additional $1,100.