Volkswagen turned the Golf wagon into a small-SUV alternative with the Alltrack by endowing it with standard all-wheel drive and slightly increased ground clearance.
But despite the rugged posturing, the Alltrack truly triumphs on the road.
Sharp steering and quick reflexes make it fun to drive.
The Alltrack feels substantial, thanks to a quiet cabin and a solid feel.
The ride is a touch firm but compliant.
Expect 25 mpg overall from the 1.8-liter, 170-hp turbo four.
Great visibility, supportive seats, and simple controls are welcome, but modest dimensions limit rear-seat and cargo space.
The Alltrack can get expensive; desirable features such as automatic climate control and power seats come only on the top SEL trim.
Automatic emergency braking is optional.