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2017 VW Golf Alltrack: A Fresh Crossover

Image via Flickr by The National Roads and Motorists' Association

Image via Flickr by The National Roads and Motorists’ Association

Despite the fact that numerous Americans favor SUVs, Volkswagen hasn’t offered a new one in several years. This year, they’re rectifying that mistake by rolling out the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, a crossover adventuring version of the Golf. The design is aesthetically pleasant, and it has several high-quality features that make it a vehicle to consider if you’re looking for a new off-road capable car.

Off-Road Controls

The Alltrack is a variant of the Golf specifically designed to be able to go off-roading, and it’s equipped with several features to create an enjoyable journey. The elevated ground clearance and revised suspension aid in driving over diverse terrain. Although the default is front-wheel drive, if a tire starts to slip the vehicle will automatically shift torque to all wheels, while braking the slipping wheel to help reestablish stability. The hill descent function automatically brakes while going downhill to help maintain control, but some early reviews have stated that it needs some tweaking.

Safety

All smart adventurers make safety a priority, and choosing a car with sufficient safety features is the first step. The Alltrack has a five-star safety rating with NHTSA. It comes equipped with airbags in the front, side, and overhead for all around protection. The Electronic Stability Control can help prevent crashes, but there’s an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and an Intelligent Crash Response System included in case of emergencies.

There are plenty of additional options available. One of these is Front Assist. Forward Collision Warning senses when you’re about to hit something, and the Autonomous Emergency Braking would kick in and attempt to prevent the crash. Lane and Park Assist and an Adaptive Cruise Control are other potential choices.

Interior Features

A 6.5-inch color touch screen displays the proximity sensor, rearview camera, and Volkswagen Car-Net connectivity. It also has an optional navigation package. Using a mode selector, you can get your car ready for some off-roading fun. Cargo space isn’t a concern with the Alltrack. The back is spacious on its own, and the rear seats fold flat to double your storage space. Traveling during the night and need to be able to read something? Each seat comes with its own LED reading light.

Economical

The Alltrack pricing starts at almost $27,000, with additional options raising the price. When comparing to other vehicles of its type, consider that the mileage isn’t fantastic, with an EPA rating of 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The packages it has to offer may be enticing enough for the low mileage to be worth it if they suit your needs.

Considering the rising popularity of SUVs in America, it’s surprising there wasn’t a decent VW option before the Alltrack. Although it shortens the gap, many consumers are wondering when they’ll be bringing out a full SUV line. Most car manufacturers have several choices for SUVs available to cater to their high demand, so it’s possible we’ll be seeing VW unveiling more selections in the future.

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