2017 Golf Alltrack named Canadian Car of the Year

Alltrack awarded top prize at Toronto Autoshow

Last week, AJAC, the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada, bestowed top honours on the All-New 2017 Golf Alltrack, naming it Canadian Car of the Year.

Maria Stenstršm in front of the 2017 golf alltrack with ajac award
(Photo By: Michelle Siu/AJAC)

 

The award, which was announced at the Canadian International Autoshow at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, comes on the heels of Alltrack winning AJAC BEST NEW LARGE CAR. President and CEO of Volkswagen Group Canada Inc., Maria Stenström, was on hand to accept the award.

“It is such a great honour to have AJAC name the new Volkswagen Golf Alltrack as their car of the year. […] Thank you so much to all the members of AJAC for this recognition.”

Alltrack beat out BMW M2 and Hyundai Elantra with a total score of 680 points, receiving top marks for exterior styling, throttle and engine, and transmission performance, in addition to cargo and safety features, to name a few.

The AJAC Awards were created by journalist members of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) to provide consumers with sound, comparative information on vehicles that are new to the market. Each year, the top automotive journalists from across Canada gather to evaluate new or significantly improved vehicles making their debut on the market. The evaluation is based on real-world back-to-back testing to ensure the most relevant results possible. At the end, the best new vehicles in various categories are selected as well as an overall Canadian Car of the Year and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.

If you haven’t yet had the chance to check out the 2017 Golf Alltrack, there’s a great video review by our friends at drivingtelevision.com, featuring our own Thomas Tetzlaff and Driving Television’s Zack Spencer. Watch the 2017 Alltrack review now.

2017 Golf SportWagen Alltrack picks up two awards

Auto123.com and AJAC both select Alltrack as a top pick

The 2017 Golf SportWagen Alltrack has made its mark in Canada. Recently, website Auto123.com and the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) respectively, bestowed two awards on our newest addition.

The 2017 Edition of the Auto123.com Awards were recently announced. We’re proud to report that Golf Alltrack came out on top as “Subcompact SUV of the Year”. Along with the Alltrack, the Mazda CX-3 and the Honda HR-V rounded out this year’s finalists.

In addition, AJAC announced their Canadian Car of the Year Awards today. We’re also pleased to announce that the 2017 Golf SportWagen Alltrack received the AJAC Award for BEST NEW LARGE CAR. Along with the Alltrack, category finalists included the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid and the Kia Optima HEV.

The AJAC Awards were created by journalist members of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) to provide consumers with sound, comparative information on vehicles that are new to the market. Each year, the top automotive journalists from across Canada gather to evaluate new or significantly improved vehicles making their debut on the market. The evaluation is based on real-world back-to-back testing to ensure the most relevant results possible. At the end, the best new vehicles in various categories are selected as well as an overall Canadian Car of the Year and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year. A “Best New Technology” award is also chosen.

If you haven’t yet had the chance to check out the 2017 Golf SportWagen Alltrack, there’s a great video review by our friends at drivingtelevision.com, featuring our own Thomas Tetzlaff and Driving Television’s Zack Spencer. Watch the 2017 Alltrack review now.

2017 Golf Alltrack First Review

Double Clutch puts the Golf Alltrack to the test.

Adi Desai from Canadian automotive review website, Double Clutch, was recently invited to test a new addition to the Volkswagen lineup, the 2017 Golf Alltrack. We are so excited about this model and eager to reveal that the same features we love are finding their way into the hearts of Volkswagen fans, too. Desai chronicles his experience after a week with the newest addition to the Golf SportWagen family and we’ve captured some of the highlights for you.

According to the review, what stands out from the start is the Alltrack’s aggressive styling. The higher chassis, front and rear fascia and faux skid plates give it a bolder look. And, when combined with standard 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive, unique Off-Road mode, including Hill Hold Assist, the Golf Alltrack is well equipped to handle your off-pavement adventures.

We love that Desai enjoyed the six-speed dual-clutch Direct Shift Gearbox. He writes, “This dual-clutch is responsive and pulls off snappy, instantaneous shifts that will make even the most proficient manual transmission driver seem incompetent.”

The direct shift gearbox allows for nearly instantaneous gearshifts without a total loss in torque. The transmission operates similar to a manual one but it’s electronically controlled so you can choose to drive in manual or automatic mode without using a clutch pedal.

Desai continues his review in detail with a look at the Golf Alltrack’s interior styling and infotainment features. He concludes, the 2017 Golf Alltrack is an excellent alternative to a crossover for those who prefer the driving experience and fuel economy of a car, but require the cargo space of an SUV.

The 2017 Golf Alltrack will be available in dealerships in October 2016.

In the meantime, learn more about the Alltrack here and be sure to head over to Double Clutch to read Adi Desai’s full review.