The New Fleet of Rugged Wagons
The crossover will surely rule roads for years to come, but the all-wheel-drive wagon is having a late-stage renaissance. The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack (from $26,950), is an all-wheel-drive Sportwagen that's more than suited for navigating dirt drives from Topanga to Brattleboro. Despite its added ride height (clearance is 6.9 inches), it handles with the taut dynamics of the underlying Golf. Fans of Nordic cool will drool over the Volvo V90 (price TBD), which brings the S90 sedan's brawny, laid-back poise, faultless interior, and best-in-class autonomous driving tech to a body style superbly suited for hauling kids and cargo. And the 2017 Audi Allroad (from $44,000), a mildly lifted wagon variant of the A4 sedan, is the first model from the German brand to feature Quattro with Ultra, a revised all-wheel-drive system that can push all of the power from its 252-hp inline-4 to the front or rear within milliseconds. It also has an interior that ups the luxury and storage space (58 cubic feet), and it comes with a panoramic roof.
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