Used Car of the Day: 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Another day, another wagon. Today's car-enthusiast catnip comes courtesy of Columbus, Ohio (home to many a TTAC'er) and this 2017 Volkswagen Alltrack has three pedals. Yay!

The seller is asking $25,000 for this car, which has under 29,000 miles. It's an SE trim with a panoramic sunroof, black leatherette seating, ACC, park distance control, and heated seats. There's a two-inch receiver for things like hitch-mounted bike racks.

That's two wagons in a row. One is much older and has Hemi power, the other has a stick. Don't ever say we don't know what car enthusiasts like. Pick your poison.

If the VW is your speed, click here to check it out.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • YellowDuck YellowDuck on Feb 08, 2023

    These seemed like such a good deal at the time. I came soooo close to buying one, but I needed just a bit of towing capacity. Also had recently had a less than perfect experience with a 2001 Passat wagon. Beautiful car, but ate brakes (which were expensive) and would throw alarming messages (OIL PRESSURE WARNING. STOP VEHICLE IMMEDIATELY) on the dash for no apparent reason.

  • Josh Josh on Feb 08, 2023

    I own an almost identical car, with close to 140k on it. And it’s been the best car I’ve ever had. I got incredibly lucky a few years ago and got mine, clean one owner with 70k for a fraction of that. But it’s still worth every cent, and is a couple tunes away from Golf R power. Also fun fact, the suspension stiffness is close to the GTI and roll bars are the same as Golf R

    get one

  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X As much problems as I had with my '96 Chevy Impala SS.....I would love to try one again. I've seen a Dark Cherry Metallic one today and it looked great.
  • Susan O’Neil There is a good reason to keep the Chevrolet Malibu and other 4 door family sedans! You can transport your parents and other somewhat handicapped people comfortably and safety! If someone can stand and pivot you can put them in your car. An armrest in the back seat is appreciated and a handle above the door! Oh…and leather seats so your passenger can slide across the seat! 😊Plus, you can place a full sized wheelchair or walker in the trunk! The car sits a little lower…so it’s doable! I currently have a Ford Fusion and we have a Honda Accord. Our previous cars were Mercury Sables-excellent for transporting handicapped people and equipment! As the population ages-sedans are a very practical choice! POV from a retired handicapped advocate and daughter! 😊
  • Freddie Remember those ads that say "Call your doctor if you still have...after four hours"?You don't need to call your doctor, just get behind the wheel of a CUV. In fact, just look at one.I'm a car guy with finite resources; I can't afford a practical car during the week plus a fun car on the weekend. My solution is my Honda Civic Si 4 door sedan. Maybe yours is a Dodge Charger (a lot of new Chargers are still on dealer lots).
  • Daniel J Interesting in that we have several weeks where the temperature stays below 45 but all weather tires can't be found in a shop anywhere. I guess all seasons are "good enough".
  • Steve Biro For all the talk about sedans vs CUVs and SUVs, I simply can’t bring myself to buy any modern vehicle. And I know it’s only going to get worse.