Do you need a practical vehicle that's also not afraid to get its tires a little dirty? Off-road ready vehicles like the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack and 2017 Subaru Outback are high-performance vehicles that can tackle both asphalt and dirt roads with ease. Take a look at our comprehensive comparison to make the best decision possible.

For the purposes of this comparison, we'll be taking a look at the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL, starting at $33,710 MSRP, and the 2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited, starting at $33,265 MSRP.

If you're already interested in the Golf Alltrack, then visit the new vehicle inventory at our VW dealership in Canton, CT to check out available trim packages. To save on a new 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, make sure to browse through our new vehicle specials.


The standard engine for the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a 1.8L turbocharged straight injection model. This technology allows the engine to generate an emphatic 170 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. The 2017 Subaru Outback's standard engine only produces up to 174 lb-ft of torque.

Traction and Handling

Here's an overview of the available traction and handling systems for the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.
  • 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive: It switches torque between the front and rear axles, depending on the driving conditions.
  • Wheel-mounted paddle shifters: They allow you to upshift or downshift without removing your hands from the wheel.
The 2017 Subaru Outback has a system similar to 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive, which in this case is called Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.


The Alltrack's Intelligent Crash Response System implements important safety precautions after an accident.  The system automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Outback doesn't offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.


J.D. Power and Associates' 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 13th in initial quality, above the industry average. Subaru is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.




The Volkswagen Golf was chosen as the 2015 Car of the Year and one of Car and Driver's "Top Ten" for the last 11 years. The Outback has never been selected for either award. Let those stats speak for themselves.

Test Drive

Interested in taking the 2017 Golf Alltrack for a spin? Contact us at (866) 983-2344 to set up a test drive with one of our Certified Volkswagen sales representatives here at Mitchell Volkswagen in Canton, CT.

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