Steyr-Daimler-Puch developed the Syncro all-wheel-drive system (noticing a trend here?) used in the Volkswagen Transporter and the forbidden-fruit Golf Country. Syncro was a pricey option for the Transporter in the UK, though it included a low-range gear for more serious off-roading. Today, Transporter Syncros are valued among those for whom the Van Life is a calling and not a hashtag.

The Golf Country, on the other hand, was something like VW’s answer to perhaps certain Subarus. This high-riding Golf was the opposite of the GTI, and its roots can be traced to the recently (and sadly) discontinued Golf Alltrack. If only VW had kept going down this road instead of abandoning the woodsy Golf idea for a couple of decades.