In 2017, Volkswagen decided it wanted a piece of the high-riding all-wheel-drive wagon market in the U.S. and released the Golf Alltrack. Now, with a year under its belt, the 2018 version of the lifted wagon is getting a slight update that includes a new look, technology, and driver-assistance systems.
On the outside, the 2018 Golf Alltrack will gain more pronounced body lines, updated bumpers, and a more stylish chrome grille. Other new bits include standard full-LED taillights and daytime running lights, bolder headlights with available full-LED technology, new wheel options, and new colors.
The 2018 Golf Alltrack’s technology will also get some updates. These updates include new automatic headlights, a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen audio system, rain-sensing wipers, available 8-inch touchscreen audio system, and an available auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Under its hood, expect no changes from the current 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that injects 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. This power will flow through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission and out to all four wheels via VW’s 4MOTION system. The S and SE models will have an optional six-speed manual transmission.
Safety is not an issue for the current Golf Alltrack, as it is an IIHS Top Safety Pick – it just missed Top Safety Pick Plus status due to its “Poor” rating in the new headlight test. Maybe the 2018 model’s new full-LED headlights can rectify this issue and score it “Plus” status. For the 2018 model year, the Golf Alltrack also gains optional auto emergency braking and blind-spot assist with the SE trim – previously, this was only available on the SEL.
Expect a full review closer to launch.