The Golf hatchback has always been defined by it's understated and handsome sheetmetal, and thankfully that hasn't been lost on the elongated Alltrack. Even with the cladding and extra ride hieght, the stilted wagon still looks decidedly European.
Anyone who's spent time in a standard Golf won't find anything surprising inside the Alltrack. As with the hatchback, the overall interior theme is bereft of overbearing details or superfluous accents. All models are upholstered in what Volkswagen calls leatherette but what is for all intents and purposes vinyl. It's not as supple or as comfortable as the cloth seats available elsewhere in the Golf lineup, but it is hard-wearing - a plus for all the dog-loving, Nature Valley-eating, Merrell-wearing folk that VW is targeting with the Alltrack. Those buyers will also love that they'll have no problem shoving all their camping gear in back with Fido: there's 30.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats upright, and a truly impressive 66.5 cubic feet of room with the second row dropped.
The base Alltrack S is stuck with a six-inch infotainment screen, but both the SE and SEL boast an eight-inch unit that is faster and more intuitive. The up-level models also have SiriusXM radio, VW car-net app-connect services, Bluetooth, and forward-collision mitigation - not a bad roster of features considering the thirty grand or so costs for an SE. SELs bring even more to the table: they get navigation, dual-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, lane-departure warning, 12-way power seats, and a Fender sound system.