Paris 2014: Volkswagen Takes The Golf Wagon Outback

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

This is the second time that Volkswagen has trotted out a butch-looking station wagon-on-stilts under the Alltrack moniker. The last version, a Passat, debuted at the 2012 New York Auto Show.

This newest version is based on the Golf Wagon, and packs TDI diesel or turbocharged gasoline engines. Haldex AWD is standard. While the Alltrack is confirmed for the European market, I’m wondering about the chances for this model coming to North America. VW showed an all-wheel drive Golf Wagon at the 2014 New York Auto Show, but this seems like a more likely option, given the success of the Subaru Outback.

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  • Dancote Dancote on Sep 24, 2014

    Never thought I would consider a newer VW (former VW dune buggy and bus owner - and no, I wasn't a hippie) but this one hits my eye just right. Fortunately, at my age, I probably won't be buying another "practical" car any time soon.

  • Kosmo Kosmo on Sep 25, 2014

    The skiing rumor mill seems to thing that if this comes to the U.S., it will be the diesel version. If so, it will sell very, very well in snow country, but I'm not sure how that will translate in terms of real sales volume. On a related side note, re the above, if BMW offered a manual in their 3 Wagon, I'd own one. The 8-speed auto drove me nuts with its constant shifting. Good quality shifts, to be sure, but ALWAYS shifting.

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