The 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a modern station wagon in crossover clothing. VW’s latest entry into the lifted-hatchback-but-not-a-crossover segment starts at $26,805 (including a destination charge of $850) and is a smooth, all-wheel drive vehicle with loads of interior space.
Powered by a 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, available in a manual or automatic six-speed transmission, and packed with technology features, the three trim levels are configured to meet the needs of families or individuals looking for ride height without the handling compromises of a full-on crossover or SUV.
What's New for 2018
For 2018, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack receives a few minor upgrades to each of the three available trims. The S gains new LED running lights and taillights, as well as automatic headlights. It also receives a new 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment display. The SE adds safety features, including a forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking. An upgraded eight-inch touchscreen is also available on the mid-level trim. The top of the line SEL is improved through the addition of an eight-inch infotainment system with navigation and multiple safety upgrades such as a parking steering assistant program, adaptive cruise control, and a pedestrian monitoring system.
Choosing Your Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
The 2018 Golf Alltrack is available in three trims – S, SE, and SEL. A 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque powers all trims. The S and SE get a standard six-speed manual transmission while a six-speed dual-clutch automatic demands an additional $1,100. The SEL comes standard with the automatic transmission.
Per the EPA, the 2018 Alltrack should return 22 miles per gallon city, 30 mpg highway, and 25 combined with the six-speed automatic. Fuel economy ratings for the manual aren't available, but unlike the traditional automatic, Volkswagen's dual-clutch transmissions are generally more efficient than manual transmissions – we'd expect the six-speed stick to return only slightly lower fuel economy numbers.
The 2018 Volkswagen Alltrack takes a Subaru-like approach to life, blending the convenience and affordability of a station wagon or hatchback with the lifted ride height and a charming driving character. If you're in the market for a Subaru Forester, the 2018 Alltrack, particularly in SE trim, deserves a very hard look thanks to its standard active safety gear and turbocharged engine.
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