Golf Alltrack: Awful Off Road?

The Golf Alltrack was released in 2017 as a member of the Golf family. It immediately stood out from the pack (including SportWagen) for its unique off-road capabilities. This is true even though the car is built on the same powertrain as other VW wagons – turbocharged, 170-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder which offers 199 pounds-feet of torque when mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic.

The combo is great, with a decent sized engine and plenty of power. All Golf Alltrack models offer even delivery while off-roading and on city roads.

Golf Alltrack Off Road 

Alltrack features the Volkswagen 4MOTION® all-wheel-drive system standard. This should be adequate for 99% of off-roading customers are likely to do because the part-time system delivers torque to the front axle for maintaining fuel efficiency on even terrain. However, when there are changes to the terrain, the drive system is created to automatically adapt to such changes and deliver adequate power to each wheel.

Enable your Alltrack’s off-road capabilities by activating traction control and hill descent control at the same time.

This all-wheel drive component is the most crucial element of its off-road system. The 4MOTION® all-wheel-drive system contains Haldex-5 coupling which gets activated with the help of an electro-hydraulic oil pump. As soon as any wheel slip is detected by the highly intuitive vehicle, the system supplies fuel to the back wheels to get into motion.

Alltrack Good In Snow

I’ve said it many times: my Alltrack is very good in snow. It’s got grip and has no problem starting off on snowpacked roads here in Colorado.

Most all-wheel drive systems are capable of shipping a very tiny torque percentage to the back wheels in the event of slip detection. However, Golf Alltrack has the unique ability to use nearly half of the 200 lb-ft torque and direct it to the back axle. This allows the Alltrack to tackle most types of terrain. It makes the Golf Alltrack a good option for general, light-duty off-road trails, but especially snowy roads.

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Clearance and Wheels

Volkswagen is known for offering the simplest solutions to complex car problems. They realized an immediate way of improving Alltrack’s off-road capabilities was to enhance the wheel size and ground clearance. The Golf Alltrack has 6.9 inches of ground clearance.

This may not seem impressive in theory, but is a lot better than what other SUVs of the same size offer. The standard-sized wheels are 7 inches wide and tires are 17 inches tall. You can upgrade to 18-inch tires with a half-inch additional width as well if 17 inches doesn’t cut it for you. The 225/45R H tires make quick work of most terrains. You won’t need to consider after-market in most cases.

Off-Road Analysis for Golf Alltrack

The Alltrack is not awful at off roading. It’s actully a decent off-roading machine in the consumer/wagon/commuter segment. With its larger tires, higher clearance, and the standard 4MOTION® all-wheel drive, the Golf Alltrack achieves high with its trail-welcoming suspension where even some SUVs don’t dare lay tread.

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