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Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Don’t be thrown off by the rugged styling cues and elevated ride height: The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is much more of a street machine than it is a tenacious off-roader. It carves up curvy sections of blacktop with the eagerness of a regular Golf, feeling taut and nimble thanks to ideally weighted steering and nicely controlled body roll.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

Don’t be thrown off by the rugged styling cues and elevated ride height: The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is much more of a street machine than it is a tenacious off-roader. It carves up curvy sections of blacktop with the eagerness of a regular Golf, feeling taut and nimble thanks to ideally weighted steering and nicely controlled body roll.

There’s little question, though, that VW’s intention is for the Alltrack to take on Subaru’s Outback, but with a younger-at-heart, more fun-to-drive bent. After all, both share the same concept of a tough-looking, all-wheel-drive station wagon standing as an alternative to the herd of small SUVs stampeding the market. While the Alltrack brings a premium vibe to this niche, it’s definitely sized for smaller families, and it doesn’t offer the price-to-size ratio of some rivals. Nonetheless, the Alltrack is a compelling package for those who value driving with verve over cubic footage.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Sequential
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 turbo (170 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"One of the drain tubes in the car's roof was improperly installed and was kinked. Unable to drain properly, water leaked into the bonnet lining and stained the headliner. The problem was under warrantee and fixed by Volkswagon free of charge. The dealer also provided a loaner car while the work was being done."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"warranty repair of moon roof seal"

Anonymous, MN (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Panoramic sunroof leaked ruining headliner and soaking spare tire compartment. Headliner replaced under warranty by dealer."

Anonymous, OR (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"We received a recall for the Sunroof drain in March 2020, but due to Covid 19 did not respond until water came through the headliner onto the driver's lap. We scheduled service immediately, and the dealer made the repair. We are still waiting to see if the headliner cleaning will remove all evidence of the leak, as it will require another attempt."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sunroof leaked water during rain and stained the headliner and caused water to enter into the dash."

Anonymous, DC (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Warranty issue. Clogged water drainage port. Had to replace carpet and repair electrical components"

Anonymous, (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Leaks in sun roof, fixed on recall"

Anonymous, NS (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I was alerted via a Facebook group I joined that Alltracks might be susceptible to sunroof leaks. So when I saw a stain, I took it right in to the dealer and told them about it. The mechanic did check and I haven't had another problem since. I believe they also checked this on my last checkup."

Anonymous, ME (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Unsure Unsure)

"Had to do with the sunroof drains"

Anonymous, ME (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sunnroof drainage clogs cause water to leak from cars roof. VW has now recalled the vehicle in order to preform a modification to correct the issue. This leakage has happened twice in this model since I have owned it. I am happy they are correcting the situation."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Leak from sunroof started after 2 years. Fixed and fully covered under warranty."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"water leaking through faulty welds in roof soon after purchase. shorted the Sirius radio,created mold growth in liner and carpets. The entire interior [fabric] had to be stripped and replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sunroof leaked, repair covered under warranty"

Anonymous, RI (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Leaking sunroof. One morning I found the headliner was wet. My dealer fixed/replaced the drain lines and replaced the headliner. I have not had this issue since."

Kristian S., MA (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Roof leak"

Anonymous, MA (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Drain holes in the sunroof get clogged and need seasonal cleaning/clearing. If you don't, water begins to flood the cabin, headliner, floor, ... etc. Dealer fixed under warranty because we'd only had the car for 4 months. They now have a sign at the service center that states that the sunroof drains need to be cleaned yearly."

Anonymous, MD (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"No car accidents but yet the car takes on rain inside the car."

Anonymous, GA (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sunroof leaked into cargo area and stained headliner. VW replaced sunroof assembly and headliner at no cost to us. They also provided a VW Tiguan as a loaner to drive while the Alltrack was being repaired. Minor inconvenience and VW and our dealer were very helpful."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Drain plugs for moon roof were clogged and water backed up into car. I took the car back to the dealer and the problem was fixed."

Howard C., RI (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The drain ports from the sunroof apparently fill with dirt and dust. When that happens, the rainwater back up and into the headliner."

Anonymous, (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"water leaking through faulty welds in roof"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Unbelievable that the seals don’t keep rain out of the car."

Anonymous, GA (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The water leaking problem was related to the drain holes built into the seals/weatherstripping of my moon roof. The holes were clogged causing water to leak into the rear of the car. The problem was fixed by the dealer."

Howard C., RI (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Slight rattle near steering column when going over bumps. Not severe. Not reported yet or fixed."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Front end wheel bearings replaced"

Anonymous, VT (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Noise appears to be related to the suspension."

Anonymous, TN (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Apple CarPlay

"It's slow"

Anonymous, NM (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"Fixed during vehicle recall"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The infotainment screen went black shutting down navigation, stereo, Bluetooth & CarPlay. Dealer replaced control module under warranty; problem fixed."

Anonymous, OR (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"It will disconnect and reconnect my phone conversations for no apparent reason"

Anonymous, NM (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The Bluetooth function completely disappeared from the infotainment system. The entire unit had to be replaced. ITt was only a year old at the time."

Sara K., NV (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"Unable to listen to AM stations for extreme noise. Dealer says nobody listens to AM anymore but I do. Have not had vehicle long and have not been able to have radio issue resolved thus far. FM radio is fine. No AM issues in other vehicles I've had in the past or in my Pacifica."

Anonymous, (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Keyless entry

"continue to get driver door contact switch error and keyless entry faulty errors, have brought to the dealer, every time they tell me something different but the problem does not go away. at one point they said they changed the driver door contact switch, still acts up."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Warning lights

"We had all of the warning lights come on (TPMS, Airbag, Traction control and ABS) one day after the sunroof was repaired. We took the car back to the dealer, and it required a failed wheel ABS sensor to be replaced. The service writer said he sees this multiple times a week, which being a small dealership did not inspire confidence."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Regular brake failure

"Unsure of cause. Power brakes stopped working. Hard to stop vehicle."

Anonymous, WI (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"Under normal use the front wheel rotors were slightly warped and caused vibration when braking. There was no safety issue just an annoyance on a new car that should never have happened. The dealership fixed it at no cost."

Anonymous, NE (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Water pump gasket leak"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"warning light came on to check cooling fluid. Minor leak. Fixed under drivetrain warranty"

Anonymous, MA (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Sunroof

"Terrible leaks header is stained and water dripping on left side of steering wheel Change box. Mold on felt around back windows. Stains all over the header"

Carol H., IL (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The drains plugged up and leaked into the drivers carpet"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

"At about 5k miles I noticed an odd noise coming from the front suspension. Faint, but still noticeable. I took it to the dealer for a test drive and the technician was able to hear the noise and seemed to know what the problem was. Bushings on the left were bad. The dealer replaced both right and left bushings. No problems since."

Mark B., CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"electromechanical power steering failed. Replaced under warranty. 3 days to get part. Supplied with loaner."

John M., FL (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Plastic rocker panel trim chipped - dealer replaced."

Barbara B., CT (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Noticed chipped paint on hood and under door handle on drivers side. Dealership said it was because I drove on the highway. I have only had the car for 13 months. Previous cars I had never chipped from driving on the highway. Still trying to get Volkswagon to honor their 6 year warranty on this issue amongst other problems I have had with this car.Very disappointing."

Carol H., IL (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Fuel leaks

"about every three months, you can smell gas fumes inside the cabin of the car after running it, turning it off for a short (less than 30 minute) break, then starting it again. The dealer has not been able to replicate the problem to repair it."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"The ACC stopped working without any outside factors. It was months before could get it in for repair. The whole front proximity sensor had to be realigned and a software update completed. There was no way to use cruise control with out the front proximity sensor."

Sara K., NV (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"A cryptic message appeared that disappeared after a second or so in the message screen. I took the car to the dealership and they ran a scan. Apparently there is a TSB on this message relating to the communication of the shifter to the ECM that was not accurate to actual driving situations and could cause the car to shut down. All systems seemed to be operating properly but the dealer replaced the shifter assembly."

Mark B., CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Turbo or supercharger

"At about 97000 km the "EPC" warning light came on. At the same time there was a noticable lag in acceleration. We stopped/started the car and the warning light and acceleration lag went away. We took it to the dealer, who diagnosed the problem as the turbo charger. They replaced it under warranty."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"car had a complete transmission failure with only 700 miles on the odometer. Car flashed no reverse gear on a drive home from a grocery run 3 months into ownership and car out of nowhere flashed no reverse gear available. Car was brought to VW dealership and diagnosed with a bad transmission. Was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, SD (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"On initial start the ac light would be on and a constant clicking sound , a relay not engaging type of sound. Turning the ac off, which wasn't intentionally turned on, seemed to stop the noise. Fiddling around with the other controls in attempt to quiet the sound, unsure of what actually stopped it."

Anonymous, WA (2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

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