2018 Volkswagen Golf AllTrack: REVIEW

Say hello to the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack. If you’re looking for a vehicle that is family friendly, is equipped to take on any adventure, yet it still fun to drive, consider this. The 2018 model is a noticeable upgrade from 2017 with refined styling yet still a rugged and a sturdy look. The front grille and the bumpers are actually exclusive to the AllTrack. The biggest difference for 2018 is that this model now comes in a six-speed manual transmission so for any enthusiasts or for those who just prefer to drive stick this is a refreshing option in a market where it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find a car with a manual transmission. One of the first things you’ll notice is the ride height on the AllTrack. It’s quite different from the standard Golf, as the chassis has been raised for extra ground clearance for the journeys and the adventures the AllTrack is ideal for. Volkswagen offers this in the standard white, grey, silver, and black, but if you’re looking for a splash of colour it’s also available in this Tornado Red as well as two different shades of blue and green. What’s really appealing about the AllTrack is just how spacious it is. You can tuck away items in the trunk you can fold down the seats and the center armrest also folds down for longer items like skis or snowboards And, if that’s not enough roof rails come standard on the old track showing just how great this vehicle is for not only everyday trips but also longer ones the way you may have over-sized items you’ll need to take with you. The 12 way power driver’s seat allows you to truly customize your seating position based on your height and positioning preferences with lumbar support. The Climatronic dual-zone climate control also allows for you and your front seat passengers to pick different temperature settings. And of course there are heated seats for those cold Canadian winters and a really nice panoramic power sunroof. There’s also plenty of space in the back with room to fit three. The AllTrack comes with a premium audio system from Fender and a great touchscreen infotainment system. The 2018 screen is also slightly bigger at eight inches from the six-and-a-half it was previously. Bluetooth connectivity is available as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay The 2018 Golf AllTrack makes 170 horsepower and nearly 200 foot-pounds of torque. Both the automatic and the coveted manual cars come standard with Volkswagen’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive making it a fun car that you can also trust in inclement weather. So you’re probably wondering, “Yeah, this car has really great features, sounds like it really could be for me, but how does it actually drive?” In contrast to an SUV or a crossover vehicle the AllTrack has a lower center of gravity meaning it handles more closely to the standard Golf than a would to a VW Atlas for example. It’s smooth, it’s quiet. It really is a comfortable ride, but you don’t feel bogged down by its size like you may with a bigger SUV. For fuel economy we’re looking at 8 L/100 KM on the highway and 10.6 L/100 KM in the city. When it comes to safety, the 2017 model was chosen as a 2017 Top Safety Pick with a variety of features to keep you and your passengers safe. For example the Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) disables the fuel pump, turns on hazard lights and automatically unlocks all doors in the event of a collision. The 2018 Golf AllTrack has plenty going for it but Volkswagen also offers two additional packages to upgrade to should you wish to. It’s family friendly, it’s perfect for those everyday commutes but it’s also ideal for those longer journeys with spaciousness to boot so if you’re in the market for something along these lines Do yourself a favor take this for a test drive! For more information on where to find the 2018 Volkswagen Golf AllTrack, visit us at Dilawri.ca.


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