Golf SportWagen vs. Alltrack – Olathe, KS, Kansas City

The Golf Family has a reputation for being practical and value-oriented. It has also earned a lot of accolades for its superior design, engineering and execution in performance and economy.

When customers choose a Golf, they often look at the ultimate practicality of the SportWagen. They love how the cargo area expands to carry more than just the usual Golf hatchback. They also love the value and economy they get from the 1.8 liter TSI turbocharged engine. Not to mention how affordable these SportWagen models truly are.

However, there is a twist to this wagon love. For 2017, Volkswagen has added the 4Motion-equipped Golf Alltrack. It looks like the SportWagen, but with a whole different set of capabilities. It has the cargo capacity and space of the SportWagen, but with the 4Motion all-wheel drive system and a higher ground clearance. This is just scratching the surface.

Which one would our customers choose? Here is a chart of the differences between these two Golf models. See which one is best for the wagon life.

 Golf SportWagenGolf Alltrack

Base price – 2017 S Model w/Automatic



1.8 liter TSI Turbo – 170 HP1.8 liter TSI Turbo – 170 HP

Transmission/Final Drive

5-Speed Manual Transmission/Front Wheel Drive6-Speed DSG gearbox/4Motion all-wheel drive

Fuel Tank Capacity

13.2 gallons14.5 gallons

Ground Clearance

5.5 inches6.9 inches

Fuel Economy

25 MPG City/35 MPG Highway22 MPG City/30 MPG Highway

Here is something to think about: The SportWagen is also available with 4Motion all-wheel drive, too! Also, the Alltrack will get a manual transmission available later in the model year.

No matter which wagon one chooses, Bud Brown Volkswagen will have them in stock for a closer look and a test drive.