The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen production vehicle is finally here. The concept model was showcased a year ago when we were able to witness it at the New York Auto show. Back then it was still a work in progress and a year separated from the same even we are getting a vehicle that has reached its production level and will be available for sale next year.
The unveiling of the release date and all the formal specs about the car is soon followed by a review about it and we are putting our out just in time before the car’s official showcasing. This is going to be a compact version of the station wagon Golf that we are already familiar with. Compared to it, it has wider wheel arches and a higher clearance and also supports a Haldex-based all-wheel-drive system. This is an adventurous looking model that in its essence is not an SUV.
The European version of the Sportwagen has already made its official debut and has been showcased at this year’s Paris Auto Show, and compared to the US release it is essentially the same except for the “SportWagen” nameplate seen on the American one. The Alltrack version of the Golf Sportwagen model is introduced in order to satisfy the needs of the customers who have asked for an all-wheel drive version for a long time already and they finally have it.
The newest 2017 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen is going to have a pretty distinctive look. But the Alltrack version is going to be very nicely designed and is going to give us a completely different model compared to the base version. Besides the off-road kit this model has a 1 inch higher ground clearance compared to the base version. The front and rear bumpers have a distinctive look and have been redesigned. The car also gets some new plastic moldings on its wheel arches, flared side sills and some protective bodywork additions for off-road travels.
The models also comes with standard 17-inch bespoke wheels with matte-silver trim pieces along the lower edges of it. There are also some 18-inch wheels available but those are only offered for the SEL trim version. The unique honeycomb grille has the chrome Alltrack badge fitted on it and you can also see it in the tailgate area, confirming that this is no ordinary Sportwagen model.
The interior of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen is actually less flamboyant than its inside, but does manage to offer us a standout look that fits the description of the vehicle. It still manages to get away and fin in some luxurious features that may seem as a surprise being fitted to an off-road model. We do get a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshift, bespoke seat covers with Alltrack budging. But the inside also provides an “Dark Magnesium” special trim design that is included for the center console, dashboard and doors.
There is an additional chrome trim available as well and it includes a “4Motion” lettering on the storage compartment lid. The design of the switches and button configuration also features chrome accents and as part of the standard equipment we get ambient lights for the front footwells, climate controls, the “Composition Touch” infotainment system, LED reading lights for all seats, he Driver Alert system, and cruise control as well.
There is also a 6.5-inch color touchscreen with proximity sensor, VW Car-Net connectivity and a rearview camera as part of the technological package that has been added. You also get a Drive Mode selector which offers you the ability to switch to Off-Road Mode,” which in turn allows you the use of hill descent control and optimizes traction control for off-road terrain.
The European version of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen is powered by four different engine options, out of which three are diesel variants, but this is not the case with the US release which is going to have a different set of tools and is offered in the gasoline form only. Thus the model comes with a familiar 1.8-liter, four-cylinder TSI engine that generates 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque, which is combined with a six-speed DSG automatic. There is going to be a six-speed manual offered as well but it will come after the original release date and will be available sometime later.
The 4Motion all-wheel drive system comes as standard and is available through the use of latest-generation Haldex-5 coupling, which is being activated through an electro-hydraulic oil pump. The Alltrack acts like a normal rear-wheel drive for everyday situations, in order to save fuel, but when necessary and depending on the road it switches modes.
Release date and price
The latest 2017 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen is going to be seen first in America and the New York Auto Show this year, after which comes the official release date which is going to happen by the end of this year. The price has yet to be transferred into US currency so we expect it to be somewhere around $28,000.
The competition that already welcomes the car when it crosses the pond to America include the latest Jeep Compass model and 2016 Subaru Crosstrek, which have already established their position in this market.