Often times, when we choose a hatchback vehicle, it’s because we’re looking for something with a little extra cargo room—the kind of car better suited for a road trip.

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack and 2017 Hyundai Elantra GT are both versatile vehicles with plenty of amenities. But which car can our Rome, Utica, and Manlius customers rely on for their next big trip?

In this comparison, the Nye Volkswagen of Rome team will examine the specifications and features of both vehicles to show you.

Adventurous Capability

In order for a vehicle to really be fit for your next road trip, it needs to be able to handle a wide range of terrain. And luckily, this is exactly what the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack was designed for.

With the available 4MOTION all-wheel drive, your vehicle will be able to go into a versatile Off-Road mode at a moment’s notice. Not only will this allow you to maintain traction on a wide variety of road surfaces, it’ll also allow you to ascend steep inclines with ease.

While the 2017 Hyundai Elantra GT contains a fairly powerful engine, its standard front-wheel drivetrain clearly wasn’t designed for off-road performance. Elantra GT drivers may find themselves losing traction easily when navigating certain types of terrain.

Interior Comforts

Another road trip necessity is cargo space. You’ll need plenty of room in the back of your vehicle for luggage. And when you’re driving the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, you’ll most certainly have it with 30.4 cubic feet.

The Elantra GT, on the other hand, offers considerably less cargo room with only 23 cubic feet of space, and continues to fall short. Its cloth interior is a far cry from the V-Tex leatherette trim found in the competition. And its 6-way adjustable driver’s seat simply can’t compare to the 8-way adjustable seat with lumbar support that VW Golf Alltrack drivers will have.

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack vs Hyundai Elantra GT: Entertainment

During a long trip, a formidable entertainment system is going to be a huge boon. The VW Golf Alltrack system starts off simple. It has eight speakers (for a full sound you can really crank up), a touchscreen display, and media hub.

However, this system does feature some neat add-ons. For example, in addition to an auxiliary jack and USB port, there’s also an SD Card Reader. Plug in one of your cards for thousands of additional music choices.

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack also features the Volkswagen Car-Net® suite, which allows you to fully integrate your phone into the vehicle. This way, you can easily access all your favorite apps while on the go.

The Hyundai Elantra GT shares a few features, like the USB port, auxiliary jack, and touchscreen. Unfortunately, it completely lacks an SD Card Reader, and its audio system is downsized to six speakers for a much thinner sound.

Take Only the Best Off-Road

Road trips, off-road adventures, camping trips: All these exciting things can be made much easier with a capable car. And while the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack clearly satisfies this criterion, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra GT repeatedly comes up short.

Drivers in the Rome, Utica, and Manlius areas can learn more about the VW Golf Alltrack by contacting our team at Nye Volkswagen of Rome. Fall in love with a new hatchback today!