2018 Volkswagen Golf AllTrack Review

Introduced as an all-new model last year, the Volkswagen Golf AllTrack is a sporty wagon with the standard all-wheel drive (AWD) and fuel-efficient turbocharged engine. The new 2018 AllTrack is fun to drive with additional ground clearance, rugged body styling, and off-road modes. The car manufacturer has blended the car with athleticism and grace effortlessly.

Starting with a base price from $26,805 for the S-model, it goes up to $30,615 for the SE model. The 2018 SEL model is a little expensive when compared to the S and SE models, and is priced at $36,510. The major features on the SE and  SEL models include push-button start, blind-start monitoring, panoramic sunroof, and forward-collision warning.

The 2018 VW Golf Alltrack is powered to adventure with its standard 1.8TSI turbocharged engine. It is packed with a 6-speed manual transmission The car contains added activeness and interactivity with its infotainment system which is compatible with your smartphone apps.

What will impress you

  • Powerful engine
  • All-wheel drive
  • Sporty handling
  • Heated front seat
  • Leatherette Upholstery

What will not impress you

  • Raised suspension
  • Little features on the S-trim level

What is New in 2018 VW Golf Alltrack?

  • All new headlights and tail lights
  • Reinvigorated Infotainment system
  • 8-inch touchscreen with menu buttons

2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Trims and Features

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is available in three trim levels: S, SE, and SEL. The all-wheel-drive system is common in all the three variants. The price variance is due to the added features in the successive versions.

The S version includes the 6.5-inch touchscreen sound system that is replaced by the 8-inch touchscreen sound system and 8-inch touchscreen navigation system in the SE and SEL models respectively. The SE version has a Car-Net App-Connect that is used to connect mobile apps to the infotainment system and a Panoramic Sunroof that adds to the elegance and stylish nature.

Trims S SE SEL
MSRP $25,955 $29,765 $35,660
Features The S includes:

Heated front seats

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

6.5″ Composition Color touchscreen sound system

The SE includes:

8″ touchscreen sound system

VW Car-Net App-Connect

Panoramic sunroof

The SEL includes:

8″ touchscreen navigation system

Dual-zone climate control

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

If you are willing to spend an extra of $7,000, then the SEL version is a value for money option. It comes packed with the advanced features and is also equipped with a dual-zone climate control Adaptive Cruise Control(ACC).

We recommend:

If you can travel without the climate control capability of the SEL version, go for the SE version of the athletic wagon with the convenience package. This version comes loaded with a 2.9-liter powertrain and you will appreciate the features and drivetrain. Adding the App Connect feature with the 8-inch touchscreen display and sound system are standalone features and you have in your hand a well-equipped luxurious sporty wagon without spending too much.

2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Power and Performance

“The Alltrack offers an engine with more power than Subaru does with its XV Crosstrek and Outback, and the Volkswagen’s dual-clutch gearbox is more responsive than Subaru’s continuously variable transmission (CVT). Overall driving dynamics, such as handling, high speed stability, and braking, also tip in favor [of] Volkswagen.” – Forbes

 Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack comes with a 1.8 liter turbocharged and inter-cooled inline 4 engine that is responsive irrespective of transmission choice. It generates 170 horsepower at 4500rpm and 199 lb-ft of torque at 1600rpm. The wagon is packed with a 6-speed manual transmission that enables it to eager acceleration, confident stops and crisp turns of the athlete.

2018 Volkswagen Golf AllTrack Engine
2018 Volkswagen Golf AllTrack Engine

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack comes with a 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system that makes a power move. In normal conditions, it delivers power to the front wheels while driving. Anyways, it is also capable of transferring power to the rear wheels as and when it is required.

Models Volkswagen Golf Alltrack S Ford Escape S Honda CR-V LX Subaru Outback 2.5i
MSRP $25,955 $23,850 $24,150 $25,895
Engine 1.8L TSI 2.5L Inline 4 2.4L Inline 4 2.5L DOHC 16 Valve 4-Cylinder
Transmission 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Automatic CVT Automatic 6-Speed CVT Automatic
Power 170 hp 168 hp 184 hp 175 hp
Torque 199 lb-ft 170 lb-ft 180 lb-ft 174 lb-ft


The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack will always offer a smooth and convenient driving experience irrespective of whether you are driving normally or driving hard. This is made possible by the 6-speed automatic transmission, which helps the Alltrack to accelerate to 60mph in the fastest times.

Models Volkswagen Golf Alltrack S Ford Escape S Honda CR-V LX Subaru Outback 2.5i
0-60 MPH 7.1 sec 8.9 sec 7.5 sec 7.1 sec
Quarter mile 15.5 sec 16.6 sec 15.8 sec 15.7 sec
Engine 1.8L 2.5L 2.4L 2.5L

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.4 7.3 6.3 6.3

The only competitor that stares at Volkswagen Golf Alltrack S in reaching the 60mph speed is Subaru Outback 2.5i.

 Handling and Steering

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack has well-equipped paddle shifters, located on the steering wheel near your fingers. These paddle shifters allow you to instantly shift without any necessity to take your hands off the wheel.

There is an off-road monitor in the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack that is exclusively designed to adventure with you.  There is an abundant adventure packed with the wagon because of the altitude, compass and steering wheel angle. The wagon also contains a 3 gauge digital monitor that allows you to keep a look on the off-road functions.


Volkswagen Golf Alltrack S has a linear brake pedal response and that matches its acceleration. It comes with a brake that matches its acceleration and it also provides a progressive and smooth feel. It just takes 117 feet to stop from a speed of 60 mph.

Model Volkswagen Golf Alltrack S Ford Escape S Honda CR-V LX Subaru Outback 2.5i
Brake(in) 11.3 12.8 11.1 12.4
Brake (in) 10.7 12.0 10.2 11.8
Curb weight(lbs) 3422 3542 3307 3622
60-0 MPH (ft.) 117 123 129 126

The next rival Ford Escape does manage to stop at a distance of 123 feet and the Honda CR-V LX is nowhere near the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack in coming to a halt at 60 mph. It stops at about 129 feet distance which is more than 10 feet longer than the Golf Alltrack S.

Fuel Economy

When it comes to fuel economy, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack and the Ford Escape S ties up in the city as well as the city and highway combined roads. The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack S gets an outstanding 21/24 mpg on city/highway which is also obtained out of the Ford Escape S.

Model Volkswagen Golf Alltrack S Ford Escape S Honda CR-V LX Subaru Outback 2.5i
MPG (city) 21 21 26 25
MPG (highway) 30 29 32 32
MPG (combined) 24 24 28 28

The Honda CR-V LX and the Subaru Outback 2.5i both have an efficiency of 32/28 in the highways and the combined roads. There is a 1 mpg drop against Subaru Outback 2.5i found in Honda CR-V LX when it comes to the city roads.

2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Exterior

“Although it’s based on the VW Golf SportWagen, the Alltrack’s raised suspension, unique front and rear bumpers, and dark body cladding along its side sills and wheel arches give it a tough, rugged look.”- Kelley Blue Book

Dimensions and Weight

In terms of length, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack lies in the middle order of its rivals. The Subaru Outback has a maximum length of 189.6 inches which is 9 inches longer than the Alltrack. Though the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack S has the least width and height, it does not interfere with the passenger convenience and space.

2018 Volkswagen Golf AllTrack Rear
2018 Volkswagen Golf AllTrack Rear
Model Volkswagen Golf Alltrack S Ford Escape S Honda CR-V LX Subaru Outback 2.5i
curb weight(lbs) 3422 3542 3307 3622
Length(in) 180.2 178.1 180.6 189.6
Width(in) 70.8 72.4 73.0 72.4
Height(in) 59.6 66.3 66.1 66.1
Ground clearance(in) 6.6 7.9 8.2 8.7
Wheelbase(in) 103.5 105.9 104.7 108.1
Track width(in) F/R 60.9/59.7 61.5/61.6 63.0/63.7 61.8/62.2

Exterior Features:

  • Austere bumper design
  • Exterior cladding
  • Silver roof rails
  • Raised ground clearance
  • Canyon alloy wheels
  • LED headlights with AFS (Adaptive Front Lighting System)
  • Panoramic Sunroof

2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Interior

“A large cabin with ample glass and a simple, sensible control layout make the Alltrack’s interior a pleasant, user-friendly environment. We’d only ask for a roomier rear seat with a higher bench, which you’ll find in many similarly priced crossovers.”- edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is made up of efficiently chosen materials, excellent space efficiency, and simple controls. The Alltrack packs a self-deprecating legroom and headroom. It has well-cushioned seats at the front and rear and revealed footwells makes the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack outstandingly more commodious. The seats that made of leather upholstery are available in various color options.

2018 Volkswagen Golf AllTrack Dashboard
2018 Volkswagen Golf AllTrack Dashboard

The 2018 Volkswagen Gold Alltrack has a luxurious interior that looks stylish and it is made up of the mostly high-quality materials. The seats offer plenty of space and they are cozy. The cargo space is also packed with an above-average capacity.

Model Volkswagen Golf Alltrack S Ford Escape S Honda CR-V LX Subaru Outback 2.5i
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (ft cube) 94.3 98.7 105.9 108.1
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)


38.6/55.9/41.2 39.9/56/43.1 40.1/57.9/41.3 40.8/58.1/42.9
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)


38.6/53.6/35.6 39/55.3/36.8 39.2/55.6/40.6 38.9/57.3/38.1

Though the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack has lesser dimensions in the front as well as the back row it does not interfere with the passenger’s convenience and comfort.

Interior Features:

The list of standouts in the interior of Volkswagen Golf Alltrack are listed below:

  • Push button start
  • MIB infotainment system
  • 8-inch touchscreen and sound system
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Foldable rear seats
  • Increased Cargo space
  • Reinvigorated interiors

Infotainment System

2018 Volkswagen Golf AllTrack Infotainment
2018 Volkswagen Golf AllTrack Infotainment

The infotainment system comprises of following features:

  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Sirius XM Satellite Radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Apple Carplay
  • Android Auto
  • Navigation is available with the SEL version
  • Infotainment system has two 12-volt outlets and a single USB port
  • Audio System has 8 speakers, a sub-woofer that uses 400 watts of power

Cargo and Capacity

The rear seat is foldable and it has release levers that make the cargo space expand instantly. This eventually lets you pack more and extend your lovely adventure with the astonishingly cool wagon.

Model Volkswagen Golf Alltrack S Ford Escape S Honda CR-V LX Subaru Outback 2.5i
With Behind 2nd Row (ft.cube) 30.4 34.3 39.0 35.5
Behind Front Seat (ft.cube) 66.5 67.8 76.0 73.3

2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Safety Ratings and Reliability

Apart from all its features, looks and designs, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is one of Volkswagen’s award-winning Golf family. It has earned an overall 5-star rating for the safety measures from the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack has a safety cage with the front and rear crash zones that are capable of absorbing the crash energy and it helps to deflect it away from the driver and the passengers. The ratings of the NHTSA and IIHS are listed along with the ratings given for each feature of the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.

IIHS Safety Ratings


Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side N/A
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good

Crash avoidance and mitigation:

Frontal crash prevention Basic
LATCH Acceptable

NHSTA Safety Rating

Overall Rating 5 Star
Frontal barrier crash rating overall 4 Star
Frontal barrier crash rating driver 5 Star
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger 5 Star
Side barrier rating overall 5 Star
Side barrier rating driver 5 Star
Side barrier rating passenger 5 Star
Side crash rating overall 5 Star
Combine side barrier and pole rating 5 Star
Rollover 4 Star

Safety Features:

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is equipped with an airbag for safety at times of casualty, but apart from that it also has an Intelligent Crash Response System that performs few safety functions like the unlocking of doors, putting off the fuel tank, and the activation of hazard lights at times of trauma.

Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), and Engine Brake Assist (EBA)
Driver and front passenger front and side airbag supplemental restraint systems
Side Curtain Protection head airbags
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchor points
3-point safety belts for all seating positions
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack  Head to Head Competition Check:

2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack vs Ford Escape S

Though the Ford Escape has a higher engine capacity than the Alltrack, the power and torque of Alltrack are better than that of the Ford Escape and it is incredibly faster than the Ford Escape. They tie up in fuel economy and the price of Ford Escape is lesser than that of the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.

2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack vs Honda CR V-LX

The Honda CR V-LX is found to have a greater engine capacity and it also offers greater power with its CVT automatic transmission. It has a better fuel economy and it is also priced lower than the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack. Hence the Honda CR V-LX would be the best pick from the two.

2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack vs Subaru Outback 2.5i

 The Subaru Outback 2.5i does not have much difference in price and speed when compared to the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack. However, it is found to have better fuel economy, ground clearance and spacing capacity when compared to the Alltrack.

Final Verdict for 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is found to be well-equipped with its features and specifications. It is powered to make an adventurous ride to its passengers with is power packed driving features and advanced technology. The car is a comfortable one and it has a stylish exterior and spacious interior.  The Alltrack is a worth the value option for an adventurous car seeker.



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