The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Is The Perfect Wagon For Off-Road Warriors

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Although, it's not the only AWD Golf wagon that you can buy.

Volkswagen completely surprised us when it unveiled the Golf Alltrack a couple of years ago in Paris. Basically, VW took the Golf Sportwagen, gave it some off-road body cladding, and lifted it by 6.9 inches. Power comes from VW's 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 170 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. You will only be able to buy a six-speed DSG at first, but a six-speed manual will be available in early 2017. The Alltrack is aimed squarely at Subaru Outback buyers as a wagon/SUV. So is the Volkswagen better than the well-established Subaru?

Well, surprisingly enough, the Subaru may not be the Golf Alltrack's biggest competition. In addition to this new off-road version of the Golf, Volkswagen has also unveiled the normal Golf Sportwagen with 4Motion AWD.

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If all you want is a practical wagon that can handle a bit of bad weather, Volkswagen will also sell you an AWD Golf Sportwagen. The Alltrack will range in price between $26,000 and $35,000. If you can forgo the Alltrack's body cladding and extra ride height, the normal Golf Sportwagen will be priced in the $25,000 to $26,000 range. We are little surprised that Volkswagen decided to bring the new Alltrack stateside considering that wagons do not sell very well here. We love the prospect of having a practical Volkswagen that can also go off-roading, but we're unsure if American consumers will share our enthusiasm and actually buy one.

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