Alltrack Back from a Month of Repairs

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It took one month exactly from dropoff to pickup. The bill was an eye-watering $12,570! Of course, I didn’t have to pay a dime of that because the motorist who hit my Alltrack was insured, and her insurance company covered it.

The final invoice detail document runs six pages. See my previous post that shows my Alltrack’s damage from the collision. Keep in mind this was a low-speed parking lot hit, not a traffic hit. It doesn’t take much to crank the repair bill up over ten grand(!).

I wish they’d have totaled it out, honestly. I’d have gotten a check for around $15k and gone straight to Emich VW where I got this Alltrack and bought a 2019 Alltrack, which they (might) still have on the lot.

I’d have gotten a manual transmission again, no question. Ideally, it would have been a white over (again) Marrakesh brown interior.

Brian at Hampden Auto Body was my rep, and he was good. If you’re in Denver, I recommend them. They’re at 2801 W. Hampden Avenue, Englewood, CO 80110 (303) 761-0677.

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My Alltrack Smashed In Parking Lot — $10k Damage

Alltrack collision

A young driver backed out of a spot way too fast, and without looking.

I was driving past and didn’t have time to do anything except yell “WHOA!”, which didn’t work. The driver started her Indy 500 backup when the nose of my Alltrack was even with her Kia.

If it had been sooner, I could have braked to avoid it. If I’d been moving faster, I might have been able to accelerate out of it.

On the upside, she didn’t run, and had insurance.

I took my Alltrack to the finest collision repair place in Denver, according to many car enthusiasts I spoke to. That was on Monday, five days ago.

No word yet.

The other driver’s insurance company, Nationwide, sent me a $5900 check after I sent them photos, but I’m not touching that. Hampden Auto Body estimated $8-10k, maybe more.

I’m hoping they’ll total it — a $12-15k bar — so that I can get a 2019 Alltrack of which several are still on dealer lots. My friend’s girlfriend bought a 2019 SE automatic four weeks ago, brand new. Good discount too.

Alltrack MPG Report 90% Highway

Alltrack MPG
  • 34 MPG over 50 miles
  • 60 MPH average speed
  • 90% highway
  • 95 MPH = 3000 RPM in 6th gear
  • 65 MPH = 2000 RPM in 6th gear
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Denver to Castle Rock

I took my 2017 Alltrack 6-speed Denver to Castle Rock this morning. Round trip was 50 miles in 50 minutes, for an average speed of 60 MPH.

For note: 95 MPH = 3000 RPM in 6th gear. 65 MPH = 2000 RPM in 6th gear. This drivetrain was made for highway cruising. If the seats were more comfortable, it would be a long distance Gift from Heaven.

See our many other Alltrack Fuel Economy reports.

2019 VW Golf Alltrack Specs

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Overview

Volkswagen engineers just may have been reading Ezra Pound’s 1935 collection of essays “Make It New!” when they laid out plans for the third and final rendition of the VW Alltrack in 2019.

With a lineup of new ADAS — Advanced driver-assistance systems — and adhering to the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” motto when it comes to basic specs, and the 6-year/ 72,000-mile “People’s Warranty”, they managed to send the Alltrack out with a bang that left us wanting more.

The Basics…again

Engine: 1.8-Liter, Turbo-charged, Inline 4-cylinder with approx. 199 lb-ft. of torque and 170 horsepower on all trims available (“S”, “SE” and “SEL”).

Transmission & MPG: Either a 6-speed automated manual transmission, or a 6-speed manual (standard in “S” & “SE” models) The 2019 “SEL” trim offers a 6-speed manual option for the first time as well. Average MPG stubbornly remained approximately 30 Highway / 22 City.

MSRP: According to Kelly Blue Book, starting MSRP on the 2019 Alltrack base “S” model was $27,790, with the “SE” and “SEL” ranging from $31,390 – to nearly +/-$36,000, respectively. Top model, top dollar.

Upgrades from 2018 model

Car & Driver said it best…

“A suite of driver-assistance features is now standard on the Golf Alltrack for 2019, including automated emergency braking, forward-collision warning, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Upgrading to the mid-range SE model unlocks the available Driver Assistance and Appearance package, which adds: lane-keeping assist, parking sensors, a self-parking feature, and automatic high-beam headlamps. The top-spec SEL can now be ordered with the six-speed manual transmission.”

https://www.caranddriver.com/volkswagen/golf-alltrack

If video breakdowns are more your jam….this 2019 VW Golf Alltrack YouTube video review might be for you.

The ever stalwart Flash Specs

  • Drive Type: All wheel drive
  • Total Seating: 5
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.5 gal.
  • Maximum Cargo Capacity: 66.5 cu.ft.
  • Ground Clearance: 6.7

The automotive industry may have lost one of but two wagon-style vehicles that are still manufactured in the United States last year, but VW understood one thing: It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish that counts.

2018 VW Golf Alltrack Specs

2018 VW Golf Alltrack

Overview

The 2018 VW Alltrack came with many of the same basic specs as the 2017 VW Alltrack, as it related to engine, transmission, MPG and MSRP, but it also added an impressive extended warranty and some nifty exterior updates, which we’ll cover below.

The Basics

Engine: 1.8-Liter, Turbo-charged, Inline 4-cylinder with approx. 199 lb-ft. of torque and 170 horsepower on all trims available (“S”, “SE” and “SEL”).

Transmission & MPG: Either a 6-speed automated manual transmission, or a 6-speed manual (which came standard in “S” & “SE” models) . Average MPG remained approximately 30 Highway / 22 City .

MSRP: According to Kelly Blue Book, starting MSRP on the 2018 Alltrack base “S” model was $26,500, with the “SE” and “SEL” ranging from $29,000 – $30,000 and $32,000 – +/-$36,000, respectively.

Upgrades from 2017 model

In an official blog post from Jan., 3 2018, Karen Radley Volkswagen, in Woodbridge, VA, listed the following new features on 2018 VW Alltracks:

…new LED taillights and daytime running lights that add a bright appearance to the model. Automatic headlights with a built-in rain sensor also help improve visibility while providing added convenience….. The model has received an upgraded MIB II infotainment system in SE and higher trims. The SE and SEL now have an 8-inch capacitive touchscreen. The SE also gains Forward Collision Warning with Automatic Emergency Braking….

http://www.karenradleyvw.com/blog/2018-volkswagen-golf-alltrack-updates/

The 2018 VW Alltrack also came with the first-ever “People First Warranty” The new warranty offered bumper-to-bumper coverage, including powertrain and manufacturer defects, for 6-years or 72,000 miles, whichever came first. In contrast, the 2017 Alltrack offered just 3-years or 36,000 miles, so…quite the upgrade.

Also check out this video from Haselwood Volkswagen, in Bremerton, WA, on the 2018 VW Alltrack for a 2-minute breakdown on model features.

Flash Specs

  • Drive Type: All wheel drive
  • Total Seating: 5
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.5 gal.
  • Maximum Cargo Capacity: 66.5 cu.ft.
  • Ground Clearance: 6.7

2018 VW Alltrack owners definitely had and edge over the brands first model; the warranty alone protects the resale value and adds a certain peace of mind for the more adventurous driver of these impressive wagons.

2017 VW Golf Alltrack Specs

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Overview

In 2017 the VW Alltrack rolled off assembly lines for the first time and hit U.S. streets. The the automotive industry took note at VW’s obvious attempt to knock Subaru’s revered Outback out of the top spot for slightly lifted station wagons, and also its impressive specs.

The Basics

Engine: 1.8-Liter, Turbo-charged, Inline 4-cylinder with approx. 199 lb-ft. of torque and 170 horsepower

Transmission & MPG: 2017 Alltracks gave consumers the option of a 6-speed automated manual transmission — check out what that means and the benefits in this informative Autotrader article from July 2019 — or a 6-speed automatic. Both transmissions received exceptional reviews and are caveats to the average 30 Highway / 22 City MPG the 2017 Alltrack boasts.

At our test track, an automatic-equipped Alltrack scampered from zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, but our long-term test vehicle equipped with the manual transmission did the deed in just 6.7 seconds.

https://www.caranddriver.com/volkswagen/golf-alltrack
  • Alltrack Worlds very own road test proved that MPG here.

MSRP: According to Kelly Blue Book, MSRP on the 2017 Alltrack base “S” model was between $26,000 to $27,770, with the “SE” and “SEL” ranging from $29,000 – $30,000 and $32,000 – $35,000, respectively.

Flash Specs

  • Drive Type: All wheel drive
  • Total Seating: 5
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.5 gal.
  • Maximum Cargo Capacity: 66.5 cu.ft.
  • Ground Clearance: 6.7

Overall, a solid launch. In fact, the 2017 Alltrack did the highest U.S. sales volume per annum at 26,700, according to Wikipedia. That’s impressive considering VW continued the model in 2018 and 2019.

Can You Still Buy a New Alltrack in 2020?

New 2019 VW Alltracks Still Available At Dealerships

New 2019 VW Alltracks Still Available At Dealerships

Even though VW Alltrack production came to a permanent halt in 2019, take heart hardy Alltrack shopper’s and aficionados – inventory levels at VW dealerships are still strong….well, ok, warm. Maybe luke warm, but certainly not ice cold.

“Jack” the salesmen at Emich VW in Denver, CO, for instance, reported having approximately 130 2019 VW Alltracks still available on the lot right now, mainly S and SE models, which he added are still selling very well. A quick search on their website also reveals that Emich has a strong inventory of VW Alltracks, ranging in price from roughly $22,000 to upwards of $30,000, with dealer discounts factored in. Those are strong numbers, and good for Emich, and for salesman “Jack”, I say.

There’s nothing like looking out over a strong selling inventory, sipping a hot cup of coffee, thinking about satisfied customers driving their glossy new Alltracks confidently through the snow.

That’s more than can be said for the dealership “Jacks” at Molle Volkswagen, just “across the tracks” in Kansas City, MO.

While it has an array of VW models advertised as “In Stock”, the 2019 Alltrack is not one.

Take a look at this screen shot of their online inventory for the search term “Alltrack” on the website:

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Apologies indeed.

Of course, a sample size of two VW dealerships is by no means trend educing, and begs the real question – what’s the national trend?

Well, if you believe in averages, here’s a basic springboard to bet on: I searched for VW Alltracks online at Downtown Chicago VW, Northtowne VW, another Kansas City dealership, VW of Kearny Mesa, near San Diego, Calif., LHM Lakewood VW, Lakewood, Colo., Fiesta Volkswagen, in Albuquerque, NM, Emich and Molle (as noted above) and 4 out of 7 had plush inventory, especially of “S” and “SE” trims, advertised on their websites. Only Molle, Kearny Mesa, and Fiesta – which had none, 1 and 4, respectively, showed signs of depletion.

That’s about 60% “In-Stock” vs. “Out” (or dangerously low…).

If you also take into account average pricing — wide ranging from approximately $22,000 to more than $35,000 depending largely on location — and trust in Emich’s dealership “Jack’s” statement, that all trims of Alltracks are still selling strong, I think it’s safe to say that if you’re in the market for a brand new 2019 VW Alltrack, you’ll still be able to find one quite easily at your local dealer (or a well-stocked neighbor) “60-percent of the time, every time”….at least for now.


Edit 2/26/2020: Look What Showed Up in the Mail

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Colorado dealers are really trying to move remaining 2019 Alltracks…

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And if the mailer wasn’t enough… here’s a Google Local Search ad that triggered when I searched for “Alltrack World”

Death of the VW Alltrack – Why?

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Last summer, Volkswagen announced that they would no longer offer the only two wagon-style vehicles that are still manufactured in the United States. Both the VW Golf SportWagen and the VW Alltrack were selected as models that the German car manufacturer would cease producing after 2019

But why?

Recently, many small vehicles from a bevy of manufacturers have found their way to the discontinued side of the market. For instance, models like the Ford Focus and the Chevrolet Cruze are no longer being manufactured. So, why are so many small car models failing instead of catching on?

Wagons and Smaller Cars

In the case of both wagons and smaller cars, it seems that the SUV and crossover market is booming in the United States. Americans are not buying wagons or smaller cars as much as they did, and are instead opting for SUVs and crossovers. The number of purchases for both SUVs and crossovers is on the rise across the country.

Much of what is happening with the car market nowadays has to do with supply and demand. What drives the market is whatever types of vehicles the consumers want to purchase at any given time. Wagons no longer are a standard trend for American car owners, although they were once upon a time.

Nowadays, SUVs and crossovers are what’s in style. So, because people were no longer buying wagons since they preferred SUVs, it seems the attraction to both the VW SportWagen and the VW Alltrack died out years ago with the wagon trend

The SUV Trend

Volkswagen made changes to its lineup years ago to become well positioned for the SUV trend. VW debuted its first three-row SUV, the VW Atlas, as a 2018 model. Following that, VW spruced up its Tiguan crossover. These two models are trendy and sell like hotcakes.

As recently as two decades ago, we’d routinely see station wagons and minivans used as the typical family car. However, that was long before the inception of the SUV, and the introduction of the crossover. Once SUVs and crossovers hit the market, they became the staple cars for families. Both wagons and minivans are now dying automotive breeds. 

Most car manufacturers, including Volkswagen, seem to have an ever-increasing list of SUV and crossover models because technology and marketing are allowing for ever more models. 

Wagon sales were 0.6% of vehicle sales in 2018, a decrease from 0.9% in 2014.

Wagons are not selling, mainly because people prefer SUVs, so that’s the primary reason why the VW Alltrack was discontinued

When wagons first appeared on the American car market, they originally were all the rage. People loved them because they were roomy, and they responded well. Although they were spacious cars, they were easy to drive. But SUVs and crossovers nowadays handle much better than wagons of the 60s, 70s and 80s, and are much more stylish. The demand for style and a car that handles well are now being met by SUVs and crossovers.