Volkswagen Passat Alltrack (2015–)

What's good

Towing weight of 2200kg is more than other pseudo off-road estates.

High quality interior and comfortable ride make it great for long distance driving.

Impressive Trailer Assist system is a £475 extra and will reverse a trailer automatically at a preset angle.

Massive boot has a wide opening and only a small boot lip, making it easy to load.

What to watch out for

More powerful 190PS diesel only comes with a DSG gearbox and it can be hesitant at roundabouts.

Quite a lot of body roll in the corners.

More powerful 190PS engine is DSG only.

Expensive list price when new.

9-12-2015: 'Official' CO2 and fuel economy figures of 2016MY Passat Alltrack 2.0 TSI 4MOTION BMT 162kW EU6 Seven-speed (DSG) to be reviewed but true figures are only very slightly worse.

21-11-2017: Report of numerous problems with 2016 Passat Alltrack. By 12,000 miles had needed a new wheel bearing, camber realignment, rewiring after water ingress from sunroof and today the auto stuck in 1st when driving off, then the steering wheel control buttons all faied to work.

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