Just like minivans, wagons aren’t exactly the first type of car on everyone’s mind when it comes to shopping for a family car. With the growing allure of SUVs and the steady popularity of crossovers, it’s no wonder that cars like the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack sit in the shadows, hoping to be noticed. So let’s shed some like on that little wagon and show you 5 reasons why you should buy a Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.
It’s going away
The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack debuted for the 2017 model year and to be honest, the writing was on the wall when it came to its inevitable fate. Not that it was ever a bad car, it’s just that SUVs and crossover take the sales cake when it comes to popularity and there hasn’t been much interest in wagons. In fact, they only made up for 0.6% of vehicle sales in the U.S. in 2008, according to USA Today.
Regardless, of the Golf Alltrack’s short production cycle, now would be a great time to pick one up because dealers are trying to get them off their lots in short order. This could mean thousands off MSRP pricing.
Half of the appeal of buying a wagon, like the Alltrack, is the cargo versatility. The car’s hatchback shape makes fitting items of larger and wider shapes easier, thanks to its 30.4 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats folded up.
And with the rear seats down – which can be accomplished via the handy pull handles in the cargo area – the Golf Alltrack more than doubles that cargo volume to 66.5 cubic feet. Just think of how much Swedish furniture and toilet paper you can fit back there.
4MOTION all-wheel drive
For those who need all-wheel drive, or just simply want it, the Golf Alltrack is available with the company’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive. This system acts primarily as a front-wheel-drive system that can quickly disperse power to rear wheels when needed. It can also apply the brakes on a wheel that’s slipping and apply the power evenly to the wheels with traction, ensuring that the car drives seamless even on snowy roads.
Here’s a great animated video to further explain this technology:
1.8-liter turbo engine
The sole engine option offered in the Golf Alltrack is a turbocharged 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 168 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. While we would have liked to see a larger engine under the hood, the 1.8-liter is more than capable and can achieve up to 30 mpg on the highway.
Manual transmission option
We might be the “save the manuals” type here at MotorBiscuit and we know that there are many others out there that share our sentiment. In that case, we like that the Golf Alltrack is available with a six-speed manual option for some added driving fun.
According to Kelley Blue Book, “The 6-speed manual is engaging, and compared to the Crosstrek’s manual, crisper in its operation.” Case in point, shifting your own gears is a lost art, let’s keep it going!
Versatile value awaits
In addition to these five qualities, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack comes standard with forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Other available options include lane keep assist and park assist, which autonomously takes care of the steering maneuvers in a parallel parking situation.
In case you haven’t figured out that the Golf Alltrack is Volkswagen’s soon-to-be-discontinued Swiss Army knife of the model line, then we recommend going down to your local dealership and checking one out. With a starting price of around $27,000, and possible dealer discounts, the Golf Alltrack could versatile value wagon that your family needs.