2017 Subaru Outback vs. 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack: Battle of the Wagons

2017 Subaru Outback vs. 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Two Sporty Station Wagons Face Off: Explore How the 2017 Subaru Outback Compares with the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack!

You have come to the right place if you are interested in purchasing an attractive and sporty station wagon for your next vehicle. Two household names in this segment surely are the 2017 Subaru Outback and the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, and they both have a great deal to offer. Let's take a look at the key factors that separates these two similar automobiles.


Prices and Trims

Purchasing a car is a big deal, so you want to be sure you are getting the most value for your hard earned money. The base price of the Subaru Outback has an MSRP starting at a very affordable $25,645. The VW Alltrack is similarly priced, with an MSRP beginning at $25,850. If you prefer to have a variety of trims to choose from, the Outback is your best bet. With 6 available trims, the 2017 Subaru Outback can be configured with a host of luxurious features, compared with the 2017 Volkswagen Alltrack that is available in 3 trims.

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Driving Performance

The standard engine of the 2017 Subaru Outback is an efficient 2.5-liter four-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine that delivers 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. Comparatively, the base engine of the 2017 VW Golf Alltrack is a 1.8-liter engine with a turbo that delivers 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. However, that is the only engine available for the Alltrack, while you can upgrade the Outback to a stronger 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine, which produces 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. The VW simply would not be able to keep up.

In regards to fuel economy, it is another tight race, but the 2017 Subaru Outback pulls ahead with an EPA-estimate rating of 25/32 city/hwy MPG! The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack earned a rating of 22/32 city/hwy MPG.

A huge aspect of appeal for both of these automobiles are their impressive off-roading capabilities. Both come standard with all-wheel drive, so you can take on rough terrain and harsh weather conditions with ease. The Alltrack consists of the VW 4MOTION all-wheel drive system which certainly can hold its own and handle well. But it cannot match the Subaru Symmetrical all-wheel drive system, which precisely balances vehicle weight to optimize traction and control by continually keeping power distributed to all four wheels! In addition, the Outback has much more ground clearance than the Alltrack, meaning it can take you further off-road wherever you may want to explore.

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Both of these vehicles possess a stylish exterior and interior that also proves to be very functional. The Outback consists of an attractive profile, with bold lines and sculpting that looks surprisingly sophisticated. The Alltrack has unique bumpers on the front and rear with a slightly boxier look than the Outback. Standard includes roof rails for both the Subaru and the VW, except the Outback offers an integrated crossbar that results in additional cargo-carrying versatility. The interior of the Outback is practical and comfortable, with much more legroom and cargo space for you and your passengers when compared to the Alltrack. Enjoy 10-way power heated seats, a leather-trimmed upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a beautiful satin-finish woodgrain patterned accent trim with silver accents if you choose Subaru!

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The Latest in Auto-Technology

The 2017 Outback includes SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia, with full connectivity with your smartphone and all of your favorite applications displayed on a 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen. The 2017 Alltrack includes VW Car-Net® App-Connect infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display screen to connect with compatible devices. The Outback has a premium Harmon Kardon audio system with 12 speakers and a 576-watt amplifier! The Alltrack has a Fender audio system with 8 speakers and 400 watts of power; something to consider if you enjoy turning the volume up. High-tech features like keyless access, a push-to-start button, dual zone climate control and a rearview camera are available for both of these intelligent vehicles.

In regards to safety, yet again it is another close call between the 2017 Outback and the 2017 Alltrack. VW included advanced features such as automatic post-collision braking, intelligent crash response system, lane assist, adaptive cruise control and seven stability-enhancing systems! Subaru included EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, consisting of lane keep assist, sway warning, pre-collision braking, pre-collision throttle management and adaptive cruise control; and that's in addition to vehicle dynamics control (VDC), active torque vectoring, blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert!

It's tough to say which is actually safer, so let's see what the experts think. The 2017 Outback was awarded as a Top Safety Pick Plus+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), while the 2017 Alltrack was awarded with a lesser Top Safety Pick. Just another example of how Subaru holds an edge over the competition.

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Test Drive the 2017 Outback at Reynolds Subaru in Lyme, CT!

The best way to determine if the Outback is right for you is to get behind the wheel of one! Visit Reynolds Subaru to test drive a 2017 Subaru Outback and we have a strong feeling you will be impressed. We are located at 268 Hamburg Rd in Lyme, CT and would love to see you here soon.


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