The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen and the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack: What’s the Difference?
If you love a reliable, good-looking, useful, practical and simply amazing car, you might already be familiar with two models from Volkswagen: the Golf SportWagen and the Golf Alltrack. Both are solid choices for anyone looking for lots of space and a great ride. However, because the SportWagen and Alltrack look so similar, many people are left wondering: “What’s the difference?” Read on to learn about the differences between the two models — so you can choose the one that’s right for you.
What’s the same?
First, here are a few similarities between the VW Golf SportWagen and the VW Golf Alltrack that should be noted:
- Both models come with a 1.8-liter engine that delivers 170 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque.
- Because both models share the MQB architecture and have a similar design, both have an impressive amount of cargo space, offering as much as 66.5 cubic feet of room.
- Both models also offer very spacious room for all passengers.
Just by looking at the VW Golf SportWagen and the VW Golf Alltrack, you might not be able to notice many differences between the two models. The main reason that the Alltrack was created was because some drivers loved their SportWagens but wanted a wagon that catered to their rugged driving needs too. The Golf Alltrack delivers on that need! The Alltrack is notably more rugged and features a higher ground clearance, which allows it to travel off-road more easily.
Here are a few other differences between the two models:
- The VW Golf SportWagen was released in 2015, whereas the VW Golf Alltrack just came out in the fall of 2016.
- Many people opt for the Golf Alltrack (over the Golf SportWagen) because of is its 4Motion all-wheel drive (AWD) system. This 4Motion system can ship up to 50% of the drive torque to the back wheels if it detects a wheel slipping. (Note: 4Motion AWD is also now offered on the 2017 Golf SportWagen, but only as an available feature.)
- The Alltrack has a ground clearance that is nearly one inch higher than the SportWagen.
- The Alltrack features an “Off-Road Mode” as part of its Drive Mode Selector. This allows the Alltrack to utilize hill descent control and improves the traction control for off-road, treacherous terrain.
- For additional protection when going off-road, the Alltrack has body cladding for key body pieces; updated bumpers, wheel wells and side sills; a unique honeycomb grille and more off-road protection throughout the exterior body.
- Although both models feature upscale-looking interiors, the Alltrack is slightly more premium. It comes standard with leatherette seats, aluminum pedal covers, Alltrack branded materials all around the cabin, ambient lighting, a unique dashpad trim and more. The SportWagen, on the other hand, comes standard with cloth seats. As a result, the Alltrack has a higher starting MSRP.
Make the right choice!
Now that you know the differences between the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen and the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, you can make the best decision for you. Whichever model you choose, you’ll be one happy driver in no time.