CARS.COM — If you have children, it’s possible you have a few of those “Who Would Win?” books around your house. This is a series of brief but enthralling books that pit one fierce creature against another. “Killer Whale Vs. Great White Shark,” “Polar Bear Vs. Grizzly Bear” and “Tarantula Vs. Scorpion” are a few of the titles on my children’s bookshelves. Add Volkswagen Golf Alltrack versus Subaru Outback to the list.
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When Volkswagen presented the 2017 Golf Alltrack as a direct competitor to the Subaru Outback, I couldn’t help but imagine a “Who Would Win?” scenario between them. Even VW thinks this is a good matchup, saying, “When it comes to all-wheel-drive wagons, the choice has been largely limited to the Subaru Outback. Until now. The Golf Alltrack arrives turbocharged, well-equipped and ready to challenge the Subaru Outback head-to-head.”
Gauntlet thrown. So, who would win? With similar starting prices, standard all-wheel drive and seating for five, it’s a tight race.
I took both the new Volkswagen Golf Alltrack and the Subaru Outback for a test drive; let’s take a look at some of each car’s basics (all prices include destination):