When this 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
joined Kelley Blue Book’s long-term test fleet way back in November of 2016 it
brought with it the promise of semi- rugged wagon-tastic adventures. Did it
deliver? Yes. In fact over its two-year, 23,457 miles, the Alltrack reliably shuttled Kelley Blue Book
staffers and their families from California to Texas and countless
destinations in between. With all-wheel drive and a slightly raised ride
height our VW Alltrack was easy to climb aboard and made a superb partner
for jaunts to the mountains, deserts and the beach, all the while the tidy-sized
Alltrack delivered an engaging drive that SUVs struggle to duplicate. Speaking of SUVs
our Volkswagen did a nifty impression of one offering 30.4-cubic feet of
space behind the rear seats, that’s about what you’ll find in a Mazda
CW-5. As a bonus our Alltrack featured handy seat releases in the cargo area.
Aside from $240 worth of service appointments, our only
expense was gas, which we used modestly thanks to fuel economy that regularly
landed within a stone’s throw of the EPA’s 25 combined mpg estimate.
Supporting that efficiency was a spunky turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine
that delivered eager thrust and came paired with VW’s quick shifting DSG
dual-clutch transmission. Despite occasional clumsy shifts we never
regretted choosing the dual clutch, however we should mention that a manual
gearbox is available for those unaffected by hellacious Los Angeles
commutes. When it arrived in November of 2016 our
2017 Alltrack SE trim had an MSRP of $32,195, $4400 of which came from options
including a driver assistance package featuring adaptive cruise control,
parking sensors, and automatic emergency braking. As fans of active safety tech
the packages $845 fee was well worth it.
Lastly VW deserves special kudos for its early adoption of modern smartphone
integration. Our 2017 model featured bold Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as
standard equipment. Truthfully the screen resolution could have been better, but
Volkswagen addressed that issue with an upgrade in 2018. All told infotainment
stood out as a strength among our Alltrack’s many strengths. At the moment
America has an inflamed obsession with SUVs, but our time with the Alltrack has
proven there are advantages to getting your all-weather traction and cargo space
in a wagon shaped box.

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Dennis Veasley

48 thoughts on “2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack – Long-Term Wrap-Up”

  1. I don’t know why i feel this gentleman judge asian car manufacturers unfairly compare to other car brands mostly Toyota’s and Lexus with this car he didn’t say anything about unreliability of vw also the material quality, boring interior design.

  2. Skip this for a Regal TourX 2.0T with torque vectoring AWD for middle $20's. I'm getting 29 mpg mixed and close to 40 mpg hwy.

  3. Love the Alltrack. Tried to convince my wife of its appeal last year when we were replacing an SUV. But since that car is her daily driver she got to choose a vehicle with a higher driver's position. (That choice among female drivers, by the way, largely explains the obsession with SUV's and the decline in both the wagon and family sedan segments.) I would have gone with the Alltrack but I have my GTI to salve my wounds.

  4. If they put the GTI 228hp 2.0TSI engine here, I’d put my money down now. BMW and MBZ are overpriced. I own all 3, yet my favorite is the VW Tiguan. My 528 heated seat was optional. I had to pay extra on MBZ for the driver assist system? My Tiguan was standard. I drive my VW everyday.

  5. My wife had a VW Atlas AWD. It was bad in snow, and got 17 MPG with a V6. I will NEVER buy a VW again (maybe a porsche or audi) but I WILL NEVER buy a VW again in my life. We are now satisfied and happy with our Honda Pilot Touring AWD.

    Also, Dieselgate ruined VW

  6. Replaced an Outback Limited 3.6R which was so disappointing. Uncomfortable seats for long trips, goofy Nav, unsupportive roof rack for long items and terrible driving dynamics. We got the first SEL our dealer received in 2017. Has been flawless in 50k miles. Considering buying a another before the redesign. An SEL with a manual is very tempting!

  7. The VW company will never get my hard earned dollars all because of dieselgate. Any company that trashes our environment and cheats emissions all for corporate greed is not a company I want to support.

  8. I like this channel but I’m confused by this “long terms” review,a car with less than 40k or 50k don’t show any problem,they start to get issues after 50k or more specially with VW,long term reviews should be with more than 50k miles on the odometer,I think.

  9. I have seen a few of these in Florida. I asked the owners if they like their Alltracks. They said they loved them and had no problems at all. The only thing I would worry about would be the panoramic sunroof. Too many owners on the VW forums have had leaking sunroofs. The solution is to opt for the entry level S model that doesn't have a sunroof. That's fine with me. The S model is pretty well equipped and panoramic sunroofs are mostly too hot in Florida. It would be a hard choice between the DSG and manual transmissions. I hope VW doesn't discontinue the Alltrack along with the base Golf and Sportwagen for 2020. It's on my list as a contender for my next car replacement.

  10. 0:59 rathe have the CX-5 since it has the same space like the video says, better ground clearance and better MPG. And being a Mazda I bet ir more engaging to drive.

  11. I suspect wagons will start to become more popular once millennials have saved up enough to be able to afford brand new cars more often

  12. as suggested in the above vid, a vw can be reliable up to 24k as per this alltrack. i'm wondering about reliability for longer lengths. numerous online concerns about leaking sunroofs and wonky transmissions leave me taking a step away from the vw golf platform.

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