Volkswagen Golf SportWagon Alltrack

Volkswagen will reveal an all-wheel drive Golf SportWagon Alltrack at the 2016 New York Auto Show, in response to customer demand that they want a more gripping Golf.

Dealers and customers demanded the brand add 4MOTION all-terrain capability to its Golf SportWagon, said Volkswagen of America vice president of product marketing and strategy Joerg Sommer; it’s responded.

“We are excited to introduce the Golf Alltrack to met the active lifestyle needs of our customers.”

Review: Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Powered by a 170hp 1.8-litre TSI petrol engine (no diesel is available!), Volkswagen will launch it in DSG guise; a stick-shift manual will follow later.

Already on sale in Europe, including the UK, Volkswagen of America reminds us of the differences between the Alltrack and a regular Golf estate (which is called SportWagon in the U.S.): body cladding, raised ride height, sparkling alloy wheels and, of course, the latest Haldex-5 all-wheel drive system.

There’s even an off-road mode that adds hill descent control and maximises traction, for those keen to take their estate car (with cargo space on a par with compact SUVs) green-laning.

On sale in the autumn as a 2017 model, the Golf SportWagon Alltrack is a North American debut for the New York Auto Show; it’s perhaps not the most exciting new car the brand’s ever brought to market, but it’s very customer-friendly and, in the current times of emissions scandal fallout, that may be just what’s required…