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If you thought that station wagons went out of style a long time ago, you would be wrong. While the cars may have dipped in popularity over the decades, it’s still going strong, as evidenced by the success of the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack and the Subaru Outback. Both vehicles are quite capable, which makes deciding between them even more difficult. Here’s an overview of both vehicles and what they have to offer. Hopefully after reading through this review you’ll be able to pick the option that makes the most sense for you.
Wagon buyers may or may not care about the appearance of their vehicle. There are two distinct looks offered depending on what type of look you are going for. If you want to embrace the station wagon look and go for a vehicle that’s clearly a wagon, the Subaru Outback is for you. If you just want the utility of a wagon, without having to take on the look of one, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack looks more like a little SUV than it does a station wagon. It accomplishes this altered look with a slightly lifted body, fender flares and careful roof sculpting that offers an SUV appearance.
One area that the Outback edges out the Alltrack is in towing power. The Alltrack isn’t recommended for any type of towing task, while the Outback can handle up to 3,000 lbs. If you’re hoping to tow a trailer the Outback is likely the best option.
The Golf Alltrack is the more capable of the two vehicles when you hop onto an actual road. It corners readily, feels smooth over most surfaces, has plenty of power and is just plain fun to drive around. The Outback feels clunky in comparison and doesn’t offer the nice tight performance that the Golf does. We can only assume it’s because the Alltrack is based on the very capable Golf Sportwagon that’s a blast to drive around. Manual lovers should also consider the fact that manual isn’t offered on the Outback but is an option on the Alltrack.
Station wagons are supposed to be all about space and utility and few wagons do it better than the Subaru Outback. It offers more legroom, more interior space and a bit more rear storage space than the Golf Alltrack does. This doesn’t mean it’s better, but it does mean you can cram a bit more gear into the back, which is good for outdoor lovers looking to squeeze stuff in every little bit of space available.
An Upscale Interior
The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is finished with nicer materials and has a more upscale or luxury look to it than the Outback. The Outback has a more utilitarian look. It’s plain and makes it more of a utility vehicle than anything else. For some people that’s an appealing feature, but others will not like that aspect of the Outback so much.
For most people it really isn’t that difficult choosing between the Golf Alltrack and the Outback. The Outback is a rugged outdoorsy, spacious utilitarian wagon that’s meant for more difficult tasks. It isn’t as showy or nice looking, and that’s fine for the right person. It can be a bit dull to drive around though. The Golf Alltrack is nicer to look at, it’s appointed with better materials and more comfortable seats. It’s more fun to drive and has that manual shift option that’s going to win over plenty of enthusiasts. It’s a bit smaller within and doesn’t offer the rugged off-road performance as much. Pick the one that makes the most sense to you.
While the Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen Alltrack has been around for a few years over in Europe, it’s just now reaching the shores of the United States, and it’s a pretty exciting vehicle. Volkswagen recently brought the vehicle to the 2016 NY Auto Show and demonstrated how it’s different from the standard Golf models and why it’s something worth buying in general.
On the outside of the vehicle you’ll find a bunch of changes to the way the Alltrack looks. It comes with a skid plate and new plastic body enhancements around the wheels and the sides of the vehicle. The 2017 Alltrack also has a slight lift over the Golf SportWagen of 0.8 inches to give it more of an SUV look and help it handle slightly rougher terrain while driving around.
Performance and Handling Changes
After you look past the several minor exterior changes you have even more pronounced interior alterations to enjoy. The vehicle comes with standard all-wheel drive that keeps most of the power to the front two wheels until grip is lost, and then directs power where it’s most needed. This setup helps the vehicle operate efficiently, while still handling like a typical all-wheel drive vehicle in rough weather conditions. Several other interior enhancements make the model notable aesthetically compared to the other Golf models, but generally the SportWagen and Alltrack are quite similar in construction.
If you’re looking for a more rugged version of the SportWagen, the Alltrack could be a good option for you. The standard all-wheel drive system is very cool and will certainly improve performance handling of the vehicle in most driving situations. The new look also gives the car a more rugged feel, but overall the Alltrack isn’t significantly different than the Golf SportWagen.