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Volkswagen Passat Alltrack (2015–)

Last updated 21 November 2017

 
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Kerb weight 1670–1705 kg
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Servicing 18,000 miles

Full specifications

Driving

From the outside the Alltrack doesn't look much different from a standard Passat and, for the most part, it's the same story on the move. The Alltrack may have off-road suspension, which is stiffer than the standard car, but it does a good job of retaining the Passat's predictable and safe handling.

Unfortunately the all-road setup does provide a few bumps, particularly when it comes to body roll. The pitching is not severe enough to spoil the ride, but it is difficult to ignore on twisty roads and roundabouts, with the raised ride height and stiff suspension causing considerable body lean. 

You can opt for DCC Dynamic Chassis Control, which allows the driver to tailor the ride to suit the conditions, but it's quite an expensive outlay at £700+. However, the differences are very noticeable with 'comfort' mode providing a lovely soft ride on the motorway. There is also an individual setting allowing you to configure each element - such as the steering, gearbox and damping. So, for example, you can combine the more responsive sport steering with comfort suspension.

It's a very easy and relaxing drive, with nicely weighted steering and a positive gearchange on the standard 150PS model. The more powerful 190PS version comes with a DSG automatic - there's no manual choice - but the seven-speed automatic twin-clutch isn't the best. It can be hesitant at slow speeds and often fails to respond particularly quickly, which can frustrate when attempting to leave a busy junction or roundabout.

We think the 150PS model offers more than enough performance thanks to 340Nm of torque which peaks at just 1750rpm and means the Alltrack doesn't need to be worked hard in order to get meaningful performance. Economy is decent too with a claimed 57.6mpg and 130g/km of CO2.

The 2.0 TDI 190PS has more torque with 400Nm but despite the extra power is still frugal with an official 54.3mpg. However, it does carry a hefty premium of more than £3000 and we think the lesser powered car is the better for value.

Fortunately, at higher speeds the Alltrack is very impressive with very little road or engine noise, helped by good sound insulation. The controls are nicely weighted, giving the car a sense of size and solidity without being too heavy. It grips well in corners and feels reassuring, plus of course the 4MOTION system means excellent traction, even in the wet.

When it comes to off-road driving, the 4MOTION works automatically so if sensors detect low traction they can send drive immediately to whichever wheels need it the most - ideal for ice or snow. If you’re planning a trip across a field or down a tricky forest track then you can override the settings and choose an off-road mode, which includes a hill-descent control system. This controls the speed down hill without pedal inputs from the driver, even on poor surfaces.

The Passat Estate is not a small car by any means - it feels quite wide and is more than 4.7 metres long, so getting into tight parking spaces requires patience, but front and rear parking sensors come as standard. 

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
2.0 TDI 150 58 mpg 9.2 s 127 mph 130 g/km
2.0 TDI 190 DSG 54 mpg 8.0 s 136 mph 137 g/km
List Price from £37,000
Buy new from £29,130
Contract hire from £398.35 per month
 

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