The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack and the Subaru Outback are both compact SUVs that offer unparalleled performance, all-wheel drive systems, and park-ability.

At Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore of Irvine, we wrote this car comparison for our customers in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach.

If you have any questions about either the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack or the 2017 Subaru Outback, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Engine vs Subaru Outback Engine

First, there’s engine performance. If you’re going to drive an SUV, you want to be certain that it has the power to take you on any adventure you’d care to experience.

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.

Off the Beaten Path: Traction and Handling

Next, there’s versatility and capability. If you’re going to drive an SUV, you don’t want the adventure to end as soon as you run out of pavement.

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.
  • Hill Descent Control: It helps keep you stable and safe as you traverse those steep Southern California grades.

The 2017 Subaru Outback has a system similar to 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive, which in this case is called Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Exterior vs Subaru Outback Exterior

Finally, there are measurements. While these might seem mundane, they’re extremely important in determining where you can and can’t park your car. Let’s find out which compact SUV gives a greater range of parking options.

Vehicle Length: The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a trim 180.2 inches long. The 2017 Subaru Outback is a clunky 189.6 inches long.

Vehicle Width: The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is just 70.8 inches wide, while the Subaru Outback is 72.4 inches wide.

Vehicle Height: At a mere 59.7 inches, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is short enough to fit inside even the smallest parking garages. At an unwieldy 66.1 inches, Subaru Outback can’t.

This is simply another way that the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack gives more options—and thus, more freedom—than the 2017 Subaru Outback.

Test Drive the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Today

With everything you read in mind, maybe you want to take the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack for a test drive. Residents of Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach should contact us at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore of Irvine to schedule a test drive.

Just call, chat with us online, or stop by our showroom to schedule your Volkswagen Golf Alltrack test drive as soon as possible.