Whether you’re navigating harsh winter roads or traversing those circuitous vistas in the summer, your best companion will be a versatile off-road vehicle.

While the 2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i has long been known as one of the best crossovers on the market, how does it fare against the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack?

In this comparison, our team at Nye Volkswagen are going to break things down for our Rome, Utica, and Manlius customers. You’ll have no doubts which is the right choice for adventure.

Practiced Off-Road Performance

If you plan on making your way through the mountains or over some bumpy dirt roads, then you’re going to need a tough vehicle. The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack was made for just this kind of driving.

Equipped with a powerful 1.8L four-cylinder engine, the Golf Alltrack powertrain comes both turbocharged and intercooled, allowing it to move with 199 lb-ft of torque.

Pair that force with the 4MOTION® all-wheel drive and the Volkswagen off-road mode, and you should have no problem climbing those windy, uphill roads.

The 2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i comes with its own all-wheel drive system. However, its BOXER® engine regularly pumps out less torque at only 174 lb-ft. Ultimately, you may have difficulty on those trickier routes.

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack vs. Subaru Outback 2.5i: Safety

In any vehicle, safety starts with structure. The Subaru Outback 2.5i offers a fairly rigid body with its ring-shaped reinforcement frame. Unfortunately, this fails to match the many reinforcements found in the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.

At the heart of the Golf Alltrack is a unitary, steel-stamped frame. Several fortifications have been added, including bolt-on front fenders and two solid mounted subframes. With these additions, the Golf Alltrack is tremendously durable.

Features like electronic stability control and the electronic differential lock are also added to ensure high control accompanies these safeguards. An automatic post-collision braking system is then in place to cap off this array.

Packed with Interior Comforts

If you’ve ever driven a Volkswagen before, then you know just how important comfort is to these vehicles. Even in a model such as the Golf Alltrack, which was made for off-road adventures, style and class are still of the utmost importance.

In addition to full V-Tex leatherette trim and ambient lighting, the Golf Alltrack is packed with technologies. Passengers will have endless entertainment thanks to Volkswagen Car-Net® and the eight-speaker audio system. Using Car-Net®, you can fully integrate phones to access music and your favorite apps on the go.

Interior styling is perhaps the area in which the Subaru Outback 2.5i is most lacking. While the cloth seating is cozy, it foregoes the additional amenities found in the competition, such as heated seats and ambient lighting. Its STARLINK™ entertainment system is, all together, much smaller as well.

The Best Choice for Adventure

There’s plenty of opportunities for rugged, off-road fun when you live in the Rome, Utica, and Manlius area. When you strike out on your next one, make sure you’re behind the wheel of the most capable vehicle possible.

The 2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i is formidable, but lacking in comparison to the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack. Don’t settle for less. Elevate your driving experience with a test drive at Nye Volkswagen today!