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.

Alltrack Highway Manners, MPG, Crosswind Behavior – Alltrack Road Trip!

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I’ve done about 350 miles on my Alltrack road trip, Denver to Santa Fe. Plus a few more dozens driving hither and yon to campgrounds, food trucks, and cafes.

Average speed is 66 mph, top speed was around 90 mph, and fuel economy is ranging from 38 mpg to 28 mpg, the lower number because of sometimes significant headwinds, perhaps reaching 30 mph. That’s my estimate based on getting out for a few rest stops and giving it my best guess. They were strong, pushing me as I stood.

My Alltrack is performing well. I can’t believe how good Apple Carplay is. Its maps aren’t as good as Google Maps with the odd destination request, like campgrounds. The routing for instance insisted I drive around the Santa Fe National Forest to get to the Black Canyon Campground, which was incorrect and circuitous.

Otherwise, CarPlay and its Apple Maps are great co-pilots. I don’t know how I did roadtrips before.

I use an app called Libby to listen to audio books (The Sea-Wolf currently), and of course it isn’t given an icon on the CarPlay desktop, but it is available under a generic catch-all icon called Now Playing. I can start, stop, FF and rewind with the steering wheel controls. Pretty cool.

Now, complaints

  1. seats — I’m just not happy with the base seats… they’re not as comfortable as those in my 20-year-old Volvo 850 that I traded in on the Alltrack
  2. slight crosswind drifting/buffeting

Alltrack Roadtrip Capability Summary

If the seat uncomfortability thing was solved (I’ll post at length about this coming up soon – OEM seat alternatives), the Alltrack would be a nice inexpensive highway cruiser. Maybe the nicest out there. As it is, if you want long legs capability, go up trim levels to the Alltrack SEL.

Going up to the SEL is a big dollar jump, and it wipes out much of the Alltrack’s fantastic value. It’s the classic car value proposition: buy the top trim of Car A, or the bottom trim of Car B, which in this case would be a base Audi A3 ($31,200 MSRP) or base BMW X1 ($33,750 MSRP), for example.

Golf Alltrack base, AKA “S” (from $26,950 MSRP)

  • Rearview camera
  • V-Tex leatherette seats
  • Touchscreen infotainment with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay
  • Heated front seats
  • 17-inch Valley wheels
  • Off-Road Mode

Golf Alltrack SE (from $30,530 MSRP)

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Fender Premium Audio System
  • Keyless access with push-button start
  • Automatic headlight activation

Golf Alltrack SEL (from $32,890 MSRP)

  • 18-inch Canyon wheels
  • Discover Media touchscreen navigation
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Comfort sport seats/power-adjustable driver’s seat

Alltrack Value

I got my base Alltrack for $24,400, and considering its MSRP of $26,950, it’s a very, very good car. If the seats were great it would be the best deal in cars, ever.

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